Vancouver's Urban Design Panel to review Dunbar development Oct. 3

A proposal for a five-story, mixed-use building at 4464 Dunbar St. will be reviewed by the City of Vancouver’s Urban Design Panel Oct. 3

Under the site’s existing C-2 zoning, the application is conditional, so while it may be allowed, a decision by the Development Permit Board is required. The Urban Design Panel advises city council and staff about development proposals or policies, including major development applications, rezoning applications or other projects of public interest.

IBI Architects, in conjunction with Qualex Landmark Ltd., is involved in the Dunbar project.

An open house about was held in the community on Sept. 20 and a decision on the permit is expected from the Development Permit Board on Nov. 26.

The site sits between West 28 and 29th streets and the plan is for 48 market strata units, 10,869 square feet of commercial area, a height of up to 52.9 feet, a total floor space area of 76,907 square feet, and two levels of underground parking with 129 parking spaces.

According to the plans, there will be a “significant setback” at the corner of Dunbar and West 29th for a public plaza
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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.
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