2308 East 34th Avenue
Following is the formal comment that we have made on the development application, based on the application, the materials presented at the open house, and discussion with the developer agents.
18 November 2015
The 18 November 2015 open house on the development proposed for the SE corner of East 34th Avenue displayed 3 panels selected from the 11 files already available on the City of Vancouver application web site:
Project Statistics, Context Plan, and Streetscape
The open house provided a useful opportunity to talk to developer Richard Wittstock and to assess the project.
At the heart of the proposal is B & K Grocery, a two-storey brick building that has stood on the corner for over 100 years. Redevelopment of the 41.5 x 88 ft site to an FSR of 1.33 in a total of 4 dwelling units and 1 retail unit would make economically feasible the in-place seismic upgrading and refurbishing of the B & K Grocery. The existing brick structure that faces East 34th Avenue would acquire an addition of a single-family unit on the east side. A second separated two-unit infill would be built to the south, facing Nanaimo Street.
In this particular case, the desirability of retaining an unusual, scarce, and prominent Norquay heritage building clearly outweighs significant concessions on density bonusing and parking requirements.
We commend both the scale and contrasting design shown in the “infill north” view (in Elevations for Heritage Building & Attached Townhouse). [Note: image appended below for easy reference]. It is encouraging to see new construction that shows such promise of enhancing the Norquay area.
Joseph and Jeanette Jones