Condo Tower and Family Housing Proposed for Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 4275 Grange Street, Burnaby. (RWA Architecture/Qualex Landmark)
Artistic rendering of 4275 Grange Street, Burnaby. (RWA Architecture/Qualex Landmark)
29 July 2020, Vancouver, Canada

Qualex Landmark in partnership with YWCA has submitted a rezoning and development application to the City of Burnaby to build a 316-foot-tall (96-meter-tall), 31-story condominium tower and a five-story non-market rental housing building in the Metrotown downtown district.

The proposal for 4275 Grange Street—currently occupied by a 1976-built, three-story building—calls for 247 condominiums, and 32 non-market rental homes with only two- and three-bedroom units, suitable for YWCA’s purpose of serving women with children.

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These rental homes will be set at 20 percent of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s median rents.

The total unit mix is 26 studios, 122 one-bedroom units, 97 two-bedroom units, and a pair of three-bedroom units. The project’s design firm is RWA Architecture.

“The scale and intensity of development in the Central Park North neighborhood is intended to be distinctly lower than that of the Metro Downtown neighborhood, with densities reducing from Kingsway north to Bond Street, adjacent the prevailing single and two-family neighborhood,” reads a city staff report.

“With respect to building form, the subject site is designated for a high-rise residential apartment building with low-rise apartments, townhousing, or row- housing podiums.”

Four underground levels contain 279 vehicle parking stalls and 547 bike parking spaces.

The site is near major bus routes and a seven-minute walk from SkyTrain’s Patterson Station. A two-zone monthly transit pass will be provided to 15 percent of condominium residents and 100 percent of the rental units for two years.

The proposed total floor area is 203,000 square feet (18,859 square meters), giving the project a floor area ratio (FAR) density of 4.5 times the size of the 45,700 square feet (4,245 square meters). This includes a density bonus of 1.1 FAR for the town center location, and 0.85 FAR density offset for the required inclusionary rental housing.

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