There is a new proposal from Jim Pattison Developments and Reliance Properties to build two residential towers (600 units) and a smaller office tower between Burrard and Hornby streets. The development would also feature a daycare, recreation and retail space including a showroom for Pattison’s Toyota dealership.
There is some controversy about the project as it would block the view of the northshore mountains from Queen Elizabeth Park.
The CBC’s website describes the issue of Downtown Vancouver’s changing skyline:
The $500-million proposal has yet to be approved by city hall, but the developers say they have submitted a rezoning application and expect to get approval as long as other considerations are met. Some of the density in the design was transferred from the Burns Block heritage project at 18 West Hastings Street.
The Burrard site is one of six downtown locations the City of Vancouver has already identified as possible sites for buildings that exceed current height restrictions, as long as they combine a higher standard of green building design and architectural excellence.
The president of Reliance Properties Jon Stovel says the skyline of downtown Vancouver is destined to rise upward.
“I do believe that we will see a lot more taller buildings,” said Stovel.
“It’s a very desirable place to live and the city will continue to mature in terms of its ranking on global skylines. It will be done well. But it will continue,” he said.
The developers say they expect to hold public hearings on the plans in the fall, and if approved, it could be a year and a half before a shovel goes into the ground.