2220 Kingsway #1
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:
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 email@example.com
Applicant Contact: Brock Cheadle Henriquez Partners Architects
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.