The largest transit-focused development site in Metro Vancouver is the Safeway grocery store site immediately east of SkyTrain’s Commercial-Broadway Station transit hub.
Over the past five years, there have been a number of iterations of the redevelopment concept for this 2.4-acre site at 1780 East Broadway, with the most significant overhaul in 2020 transforming the residential uses of this project from condominiums mainly in rental housing.
Another iteration was done for Broadway Commercial in the fall of 2021, when a new zoning change request described a decrease in density through height reductions and thinner buildings, based on feedback received during reviews. previous public consultations and City of Vancouver staff.
A new cycle of the public consultation is underway for a small-scale project with 653 units, including 345 market rental units, 93 below-market rental units and 215 condominium units. This is a reduction of 35 units, with further decreases in the number of condominiums and the reallocation of more market rental units to below-market units, thus doubling the number of housing units. affordable.
With this new round of reductions in residential market density, the economics of the project have changed dramatically. A 12,000 square foot daycare was included in the previous iteration of the proposal, but with changes in residential market uses, the daycare’s floor area is expected to be exempt from the density calculations in the floor area ratio. overall project. The developers – landowner Crombie REIT and developer Westbank – noted that city staff did not agree to this request and, therefore, it was decided to remove the child care component.
The podium contains relatively minor retail / restaurant, office and gym components, as well as a replacement Safeway measuring approximately 50,000 square feet.
With the reduced heights of the three towers ranging between 24 and 29 stories above the retail plinth of the complex’s podium, this proposal with a density of 5.7 FAR is unquestionably very modest compared to developments focused on transport in France. common adjacent to other SkyTrain stations elsewhere in the area – even stations that see significantly fewer passengers than Commercial-Broadway station.
Despite the constraints of the site, the project is still able to offer additional public benefits, in particular a 20,000 square foot public plaza at the west end of the property, between the retail plinth and the Expo station. Line.
The design of the square has been reconfigured and slightly enlarged to make it both a daily destination and a venue for events. It also aligns with the city’s Grandview-Woodland community plan prescription for a large plaza next to the transit hub, and the strategic location also serves as a pedestrian connection mid-block.
“There is a wonderful weaving of community, urban vitality, food and nature centered around the new plaza and hub of Broadway and Commercial. The landscape is at the center of this intricate weaving. The resort’s harsh infrastructure is softened by a one-block-long sculptural wood trellis that supports the growth of climbing vines and flowering plants to transform the texture and atmosphere of the plaza space, ” Marc Ryan, director of the PUBLIC WORKS office for urban design and landscape architecture, told Daily Hive Urbanized.
“An open-air theater and central gathering steps define the social and performance heart of the plaza and connect with the lush, leafy courtyard at the lobby level of this vertical community.”
In addition, major investments would be made to achieve a new green design standard, targeting zero carbon emissions for construction operations.
The project would only include thermal storage tanks, the largest of their kind in Canada. Similar to a battery, storage tanks would absorb excess heat generated to cool buildings in hot weather and then release that “free heat” for use in cold weather, when the heat demand is higher in residential units. . This allows the use of smaller electric peak boilers, rather than standard gas “peak boilers”.
Two thermal storage tanks placed along the facade of the complex on 10th Avenue will contain 1,500 cubic meters of water, making them highly visible to showcase the innovative element of the project.
Additional sustainability considerations include triple-glazed windows and a balcony design that reduces heat loss from buildings, adding landscaped areas where possible, including the podium roof courtyard, and the reuse of 95% of the runoff water on site. The concept of extensive landscaping is based on the idea of “extending” the natural vegetation from the Grandview Cup to the landscaping. Perkins & Will is the architectural firm of the project.
a online survey for the current public consultation on design revisions is available on the City of Vancouver website until December 5, 2021.
September 2019 design:
September 2020 design:
Current design as of November 2021: