Rendering: GWL Realty Advisors

Marking the first purpose-built rental property on Robson Street in decades, a new 21-storey project is nearing completion.

Located at the intersection of Robson Street and Nicola Street in downtown Vancouver’s West End, the rental tower will provide 128 secured market rental homes for more than 250 tenants, with more than one-third of the units offering at least two bedrooms. 

The property, called Chronicle, was the first Robson Street corridor development approved under the city’s West End Community Plan.

“In a city where over 50 per cent of people are renters, increasing our supply of secured market rental apartments is critical. The completion of Chronicle represents an important next step in expanding the range of rental options in downtown’s West End,” Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart said during Chronicle’s opening ceremony last week. 

“By increasing the supply and diversity of housing in highly desirable, family-friendly, transit-connected neighbourhoods – as this project does – we are taking a step in the right direction and moving closer towards making Vancouver a city that works for all of us.”

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Construction on Chronicle — located at 825 Nicola Street — began in early 2019. The project is being developed by GWL Realty Advisors, with IBI Group serving as the design architect.

Aside from its residential component, the tower will feature a variety of retail and restaurant units on the ground level facing Robson Street, totalling approximately 5,500 square feet of commercial space.

The surrounding Lower Robson neighbourhood sits on some of Vancouver’s highest-priced land, and luxury condominiums have made up the bulk of new developments in the area.

“Chronicle is a reflection of our focus on building strong, engaged, liveable communities in cities like Vancouver,” said Ralf Dost, president of GWL Realty Advisors, in a statement. “We’re looking forward to welcoming individuals and families who want to love where they live, build a life in the downtown core, and enjoy all that connected urban living has to offer.”

Upon completion, residents will have access to indoor and outdoor amenities including fitness and yoga rooms. Dining and seating areas will be available in amenity spaces that make up the tower’s entire rooftop level. 

Additional amenities include dog washing and grooming facilities, as well as an outdoor “bark park” designed to accommodate pets on Chronicle’s second floor rooftop.

Four levels of underground parking will offer approximately 80 vehicle parking stalls. 

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