2220 Kingsway #1

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One of the three largest land parcels (2.3 acres) remaining in Norquay has clearly been in play since survey stakes appeared on the property in mid-2011. As of 21 June 2012, the City of Vancouver rezoning web site shows this new information about 2220 Kingsway:

Type:  Rezoning
Location:  2220 Kingsway
Date:  updated – 06/21/12 / posted – 06/21/12
Description:  Mixed-Use Development
Henriquez Partners Architects has applied to the City of Vancouver to rezone 2220 Kingsway from C-2 (Commercial) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. The proposal is for a mixed-used development consisting of 30 866 m2 of residential and 4 853 m2 of commercial. The proposed development includes 404 dwelling units, with a height of 45.1 m (148 ft.), and a total of 561 parking spaces.
         City Contact:  Grant Miller 604.873.7484 grant.miller@vancouver.ca
         Applicant Contact:  Brock Cheadle   Henriquez Partners Architects
                 604.687.6851   bcheadle@henriquezpartners.com
         Project:  6331   Proposed

Eye on Norquay first reported on this situation in September Letter under item 3. A large closing-out sign recently appeared on the Canadian Tire store presently located at the site. Sales staff say that the location will close at the end of July 2012.


A web site titled Simon Lim provides a 17 September 2011 posting that reports closure on acquisition of the site by Westbank Projects:

The 2.3 acre site was purchased from Manulife Financial for $34,088,000, representing approximately $107 per buildable sq ft. … Under the guidelines of the Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre Plan … the large nature of the site will likely allow a density of 3.2 to 3.5 FSR for a residential/commercial development with towers as high as 14-storeys.

It is disheartening to think that this major Norquay planning project proceeds to this level of detail with no community consultation whatsoever. The City of Vancouver seems determined to continue with

        Letting planners deal off-the-grid with developers
        Making a few untimely and largely meaningless pro forma public gestures (open house syndrome, etc)
        Treating long-existing neighborhoods like empty fields where a few serfs happen to camp out already

This approach to the future can only exacerbate the new social tensions that have emerged across Vancouver in the past decade.


Written by eyeonnorquay

26 June 2012 at 4:37 pm

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