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Skyllen Pacific has submitted an application to develop the site at 1116-1140 Pendrell Street into a mixed-use community of purpose-built rental apartments and a residential condominium high-rise.

The project would demolish and replace an existing apartment building and residential condominium with a new 18-storey condo tower situated between two new three-storey rental buildings.

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The complex would consist of 109 condominium units, 16 rental units and four levels of underground parking, along with extensive landscaping and meandering paths throughout the property. These walkways are designed to be an extension of the neighbourhood’s pedestrian paths and would have connections to Nelson Park to the north of the property and the Davie Street retail strip to the south.

“The “tower in the park” concept is derived from the extensively planted and treed neighbourhood of Mole Hill and would feature pedestrian paths bisecting long city blocks, connecting up to Nelson Park to the North,” reads the design rationale. “Take a stroll and one happens upon community garden plots, a book exchange shelter, and residents relaxing on their porch, enjoying the environs and interactions with neighbours.”

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A raised children’s play area with interactive peek-a-boo elements would be situated next to the public path and secured with a gate, while an in-home daycare in the east rental building would flank the path on the other side.

Designed by W.T. Leung Architects Inc., the tower would feature a modern design reminiscent of books of various heights, standing on end. The three-storey rental buildings would have a simple stacked, boxed-like massing that complements the tower’s shifting book aesthetic.

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Exterior cladding would comprise earth-toned materials designed to anchor the building to its park-like setting, while also complementing the historic houses along Pendrell Street. Burgundy brick masonry would be used along the first storey and paired with cream-coloured fibre cement horizontal siding on the upper floors. Further connecting the project to the surrounding nature, every third level of the Pendrell Street elevation would have a tree on the balcony, creating a unique greenery effect up the building.

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Residential amenities would include two multi-purpose rooms on the ground level of the tower for exercise use, meetings or parties. These would be accessible to residents of the rental buildings. A four-level underground garage would house 169 parking stalls, bicycle parking and other storage facilities. Plans also call for an in-home daycare centre in one of the two-bedroom rental units.

If approved, the community would add a total of 125 units to the neighbourhood. Available rental units would include four studio, six one-bedroom and six two-bedrooms layouts in each of the apartment buildings. The unit breakdown for the condominium would be 69 one-bedroom, 37 two-bedroom and three, three-bedroom suites.

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