City staff back plan to convert four Vancouver single-family homes into 62 condos

The strata mix will consist of eight three-bedroom units, 31 two-bedroom units, 22 one-bedroom units, and one studio unit.

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City of Vancouver staff are supporting a developer app to tear down four single-family homes and replace them with a six-story condominium development on a quiet residential street near Cambie.

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On June 29, the plan, which includes a zoning change, will be presented to the public at a meeting to explain why city staff are in favor of the project in the 5000 block of Ash Street.

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According to a city report, Pennyfarthing Development Group wants to build a 70-foot-tall structure on four lots that would create 62 strata-titled condominium units.

While the proposal sits on a residential side street, it is one block from the highly developed Cambie Corridor and backs up to the southeast corner of the soon-to-be-developed Heather Lands.

“The surrounding area is undergoing significant change, with new four- and six-story buildings approved or under construction. The 21-acre portion of the Heather Lands project, directly across the lane, is approved for development in market strata with heights of six to 18 stories,” the report states.

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The current zoning is for single-family homes and duplexes. However, the lots are within the Queen Elizabeth Park neighborhood of the Cambie Corridor Plan which can allow buildings of up to four stories.

The city brief supports a six-story height in this case because the developers will allow a portion of the southern edge of the land to be used for a path connecting Queen Elizabeth Park to Heather Lands by extending West 35th Avenue.

The strata mix will comprise eight three-bedroom units, 31 two-bedroom units, 22 one-bedroom units, and one studio unit. The site will have 73 underground parking spaces.

The developer is also offering the city $2.8 million in cash as part of the development request under the Rezoning Community Services Contributions Policy. The developer will also have to pay the city an additional $1.9 million as a development cost fee.

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