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

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.