A Look at Burrard Place in Vancouver

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View of Burrard Place from the Burrard Street Bridge

Remember Jim Pattison’s proposed 54-storey Burrard Gateway tower which was approved by Vancouver City Council back in 2013? The two-building complex was proposed for the site of the current Downtown Toyota dealership, a block that borders Burrard, Drake and Hornby Streets. Well, the people at Reliance Properties are now selling units for their new tower while also offering updated renderings of the mammoth project now called Burrard Place. There will be a total of 1,000,000 square feet spread out across 3 building, with the largest of these being the 500,000 square foot, 444 unit One Burrard Place. Burrard Place will also be home to a 135,000 square-foot 13-storey office building which will house the Downtown Toyota dealership, as well as a 35-storey residential tower that will be located midway along Hornby Street.i

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View of the Proposed 13-Storey and 54-Storey Burrad Place Buildings

What is Being Replaced?
The site has long been home to the dealership and several surface parking lots. It is also worth noting the few older Victorian-era homes which have managed to hold on all this time, these homes will also be lost in the redevelopment of the block. Both houses were built in 1904 and the developer has offered them for free to anyone who is willing to move them from their current site.ii The dealership will remain on site and housed in a newer multi-level building which features a waved glass shape, reminiscent of an open book.

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Historic Houses Built in 1904 Along Hornby Street

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13-Storey Office Building and Future Home of Downtown Toyota

Amenities
Burrard Place is being marketed towards Vancouver’s well to-do, with an assortment of luxury services and amenities that are sure to make the residence a unique offering. At the heart of this is Club One which will house 30,000 SQ. FT. of facilities that include dining, yoga, fitness, spa and pool areas. Another feature of the building will be the Star Services which will offer a chef, event planner, DJ, mixologist and butler concierge to those calling the new building home. iii Burrard Place will also feature a Meinhart’s Fine Foods grocery store; this will be Meinhart’s third store in Vancouver. iv

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View from the Corner of Hornby and Drake Streets


i http://www.vancourier.com/news/pattison-to-put-meinhardt-grocery-store-at-burrard-gateway-1.2087988
ii http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/you-can-have-these-two-downtown-vancouver-houses-for-free-if-you-can-move-them
iii http://burrardplace.ca/
iv http://www.vancourier.com/news/pattison-to-put-meinhardt-grocery-store-at-burrard-gateway-1.2087988

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Marine Gateway updated project design

The Marine Gateway project situated at Marine Dr and Cambie St has now been redesigned and scaled down. The plan now calls for the tallest of the residential buildings to be 335 feet with the other tower running at 255. According to the developer, Marine Gateway will add over 6000 trips a day to transit within the area. Considering the Canada Line is currently running at about a third of capacity, they figure that transit should be more than able to absorb this increase.

The design is very much a transit village type idea, reminiscent of the Commercial Drive Skytrain Station and also of the new development that has gone in at New Westminster Station. The overall goal of the project is to decrease the amount of new car trips made, as such this development has 25% less parking spaces within it than other typical Vancouver developments. Another interesting note is that their own studies have found that since the Canada Line has opened, traffic along both Cambie St and Marine Dr are down 9-20%.

I know there is considerable public opposition to this project and as such in the past year the developer has scaled down the scope of it. I saw some people on the news who had just bought houses in the neighborhood within the past couple of years and had sunk heavy money into renovations. To me anyone who buys property beside the new SkyTrain and then complains right after about development should have their head checked. This is exactly the kind of development the City of Vancouver desperately needs. I hope and pray that cooler heads will prevail and that both the developer and residents of the area can reach some sort of compromise.

Burrard Gateway coming to Downtown Vancouver

Recently the market for new office space in Downtown Vancouver seems to have come alive.  What was once unthinkable in a sea of ever rising condos has now become Vancouver’s new face of Downtown tower projects. Over the past 10-15 years Vancouver`s livability has been put in serious jeopardy as the Downtown area has become less and less a place to work and more and more a bedroom community in its own right.

The Burrard Gateway project would sit at the site of the current Downtown Toyota dealership. The design incorporates the existing dealership and actually maintains it on the same corner as it is now.  Below is a picture of how the development would look for people traveling North along the Burrard Street bridge into downtown.

Burrard Gateway Project.