Rezoning Application - 508 Helmcken Street

The City of Vancouver is reconsidering an application submitted on April 26, 2013, to rezone this site for a 36-storey mixed-use building including:

  • 448 residential units, of which 110 would be market rental and 338 strata-titled,
  • a private pre-school and kindergarten, and
  • commercial space on the ground floor.

As a public benefit associated with this rezoning application, the applicant proposes to provide social housing at 1099 Richards Street, including replacement housing for the residents of Jubilee House presently located at 508 Helmcken Street. The site at 1099 Richards is currently going through a separate Development Permit application process (DE418881).

The recent B.C. Supreme Court decision (Community Association of New Yaletown v. Vancouver (City), 2015 BCSC 117) resulted in By-law 10870, which rezoned 508 Helmcken Street, being quashed and directed that a new Public Hearing be held.

Links to the legal documents related to the land exchange proposal are provided in the 'Legal Agreements' section below.

This application has been approved by Council at Public Hearing on April 15, 2015.

Council Meetings

Original Application (February 12, 2013)

The original application from GBL Architects Inc. was for a 36-storey mixed-use building including:

    • 464 residential units, of which 109 are proposed as market rental and 355 as strata units, and a private pre-school and kindergarten;
    • a building height of 97.54 m (320 ft.); and,
    • a floor area of 365,334 sq. ft. and a floor space ratio (FSR) of 17.4.

The applicant proposes to provide social housing at 1099 Richards Street, including replacement housing for Jubilee House residents currently located at 508 Helmcken Street, as a public benefit associated with this rezoning application.

Revised Application (April 26, 2013)

The following revisions were made to the February 12, 2013 application:

    1. a reduction of 6,186 sq. ft. of floor area (from 365,334 sq. ft. to 359,148 sq. ft.);
    2. a reduction in the floor space ratio (FSR) from 17.40 to 17.10;
    3. a reduction of 170 sq. ft. to the building floor plate (from 10,300 sq. ft. to 10,130 sq. ft.) ;
    4. the building has been pulled back from the park by 12 ft.; and,
    5. changes to the design of the building (see the Response to UDP Comments PDF(9.58mb)).

Legal Agreements

Land Exchange Contract, amendments and subject removals:

Surrender of Lease:

Development Agreement and amendment:

Conditions of By-law Enactment

Table of Contents - Conditions
Condition Registered Document
1 - Form 17 - to raise title to the lane CA3591348 PDF(42kb)
2 - Statutory Right of Way, and Section 219 Covenant for City Utilities CA3591353 and CA3591354 PDF(228kb) - [SRW Plan EPP34604]
4 - Statutory Right of Way, Section 219
and Equitable charge (Walkway)
CA3591355-CA3591358 PDF(263kb) - [SRW Plan EPP34604]
5 - Easement and Section 219 Covenant Passenger (pick-up/drop-off; garbage & loading) CA3591371 and CA3591372 PDF(211kb) - [Plan EPP34604]
6 - Statutory Right of Way, Section 219 Covenant and Equitable Charge (Vehicle Access/Park Maintenance) CA3591360 to CA3591363 PDF(244kb) - [SRW Plan EPP34605]
7 - Statutory Right of Way, Section 219 Covenant and Equitable charge for Public Bike Share CA3591364 to CA3591367 PDF(306kb)
8 - Easement and Section 219 Covenant Encroachment Building CA3591369 and to CA3591370 PDF(227kb) - [Explanatory Plan of Easement-EPP35586]
10 - Application to Deposit Reference Plan EPP35544 consolidating lots and lane CA3591349 PDF(158kb)
11 - Decommissioning Existing Anchor Rods prior to occupancy This condition has been satisfied by way of a letter from Brenhill to the City PDF(16kb)agreeing to decommission the Anchor Rods. (Letter incorrectly refers to address of 1099 Richards Street rather than 508 Helmcken Street)

No Development Covenant satisfying conditions 3, 9 and 12-20 including:

  • 3 – Statutory Right of Way in favour of non-City utility companies
  • 9 – No Build Area
  • 12 – Clarification of garbage storage and
    pick-up practices
  • 13 – Adequate pick-up, drop-off and turnaround
  • 14 – Services Agreement
  • 15 – Adequate water service to meet fire
    flow demands
  • 16 – Provision of upgrade to sanitary
    sewer
  • 17 – Undergrounding of all utilities
  • 18
    (a) Community Amenity Contribution
    (CAC) in-kind
    (b) payment of $1,000,000
  • 19 – Housing Agreement
  • 20 – Public Art
This condition has been satisfied by way of a No Development Covenant - CA3591351 PDF(969kb)

 

Notifications

Advisory Group and Community Meetings

Links

 

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To view additional plans please make an appointment with the rezoning planner.

City Contact: Karen Hoese, Rezoning Planner, karen.hoese@vancouver.ca, 604.871.6403

Applicant Contact: Stuart Lyon, GBL Architects Inc.,  604.736.1156

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