GALLOPING DENSITY IN GRANDVIEW-WOODLAND
Recent news of a proposed six-storey market rental building slated for the corner of Adanac Street and Commercial Drive in Grandview–Woodland bears out the creeping density predictions made by the NO TOWER Coalition.
The proposed project, if approved by the City of Vancouver, would sit directly across the street from the controversial Boffo/Kettle 12-storey tower proposal at the corner of Venables and Commercial Drive. This latest market rental proposal is just north of the Uprising Bakery building and immediately beside the Entre Nous Femmes Housing Co-op to the west.
The Boffo/Kettle proposal is highly controversial and much opposed by the residents of the community, 4,433 of whom signed a petition against the highrise. Its progress currently appears to be in limbo, more than 18 months after the city gave its approval in principle, during the adoption of the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.
Developers for the new rental complex, directly across the street, have made application for a rezoning by the city and will hold a community open house Thursday April 19th at the Vancouver Aboriginal Centre, 1607 East Hastings Street.
If the development goes ahead it will bring even greater density to a key corner of Grandview-Woodland already under great pressure due to the Boffo/Kettle tower proposal.
The NO TOWER Coalition predicted that approval in principle of the Boffo/Kettle project would put great pressure on the immediately surrounding area, home to many older apartment buildings, housing co-ops, and other affordable rental properties.
In fact the current piece of land proposed for this rental building was subject to renoviction actions by the owner who also attempted to rent out a windowless shed on the property on Craigslist as a “one bedroom with kitchen apartment”. News of the “shed for rent” controversy caused the city to shut down the rental notice, which was then pulled from Craigslist.
The zoning of the land in question for this new rental building currently stands at 4 storeys according to the community plan, but this building would be six storeys, extending right to the curb, with retail at ground level and 38 secured market-but-by-no-means-affordable rental units.
Ironically, one of the benefits of this proposal, according to Cornerstone Architecture, would be a closed pedestrian zone on Commercial Drive from Venables to Adanac. This “piazza” idea was in fact one of NO TOWER’s ideas, proposed in support of a much smaller and lower density alternative for the Kettle Friendship Society on the site.
This rental apartment proposal comes in the midst of a veritable land rush in Grandview-Woodland with dozens of land-assembly deals being proposed. NO TOWER fears that within a few years Grandview-Woodland be virtually unrecognizable and will lose many of its affordable rental units to be replaced by luxury condos, expensive townhouses, and market rent buildings, at much greater cost.
For more information go to http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/825commercial/index.htm.
Rezoning Application – 815-825 Commercial Drive & 1680 Adanac Street