Park Place at West 10th & Arbutus

An upcoming development at West 10th and Arbutus Street, Park Place, puts sustainability at the forefront, with a mass timber structure and other carbon reduction measures.


An upcoming development at West 10th and Arbutus Street, Park Place, will be constructed with sustainability top of mind, with a mass timber structure and passive house certification.

 

The five-storey building, designed by SLA (Stephane Laroye Architect Inc.) for Bastion Development Corp., will include 48 condominium units (one- and two-bedroom) as well as ground floor retail and restaurant space. The architect says the retail space will be designed to be affordable.

What’s distinctive about the development are its efforts in sustainability. In addition to striving for Passive House Certification, the mass timber structure (CLT) will help sequester carbon, and electric-only residential heat, air conditioning and domestic hot water will also help to reduce carbon emissions.

The development’s 66 underground parking stalls will all be EV-ready, and will be complemented by 118 bicycle parking stalls.

The architect says the building is designed to fit into the local low-rise context and architectural language of the neighbourhood, and serve as a gateway between the low-rise scale of Arbutus Walk and the future scale of the Broadway corridor to the north, where the SkyTrain extension is currently under construction.



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Michael Geller, a contributor to the Vancouver Courier re: real estate/housing issues, always has a clear and calm view of the situation.

Six False Creek affordable housing lots still empty after three decades: Vancouver Sun front page story March 10, 2018

      
While I didn't write this story, I feel partially responsible for it.
     During the recent debate about the forthcoming North-east False Creek development, much was made of the city's promise to include significant affordable housing. This prompted me to comment that this was a noble goal, but before getting too excited about these units, what about the 6 empty social housing parcels lying fallow along the North Shore of False Creek?
     I knew about these parcels because I was given a tour of them by Concord Pacific during the 2008 municipal election. Furthermore, I was involved as an expert witness in a lawsuit over them a few years ago. Following my comments, Lori Cuthbert contacted me. I happily put her in touch with Cameron Gray, who was the City's Housing Director, and while not directly involved in the acquisition of these sites, knew why they remained undeveloped.
     I told Lori that I thought it was outrageous that these sites remained undeveloped, not as a criticism of Concord Pacific, but rather of the city, province and feds who could have come up with a strategy to see these parcels developed with affordable housing, even in the absence of deep government subsidies. Enough said.

     http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/three-decades-ago-six-big-lots-in-vancouvers-trendy-false-creek-were-reserved-for-affordable-housing-they-remain-empty-today-will-these-600-homes-for-families-and-seniors-finally-be-built
      
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