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1503 Kingsway

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Two years and four months ago, Eye on Norquay reported that the large site at 1503 Kingsway, occupied by Rona, showed early signs of being targeted for redevelopment:

https://eyeonnorquay.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/rona-in-play/

A notification of 13 June 2019 and a new on-site development application sign now reveal the results of the usual extended backroom consultation that has taken place only between the developer (Cressey) and City of Vancouver planners.

 

 

     https://development.vancouver.ca/1503kingsway/index.htm
 

The single most significant detail in the application is that the proposed development comes forward under existing C-2 zoning, with an overall FSR of 2.5, rather than as an anticipated (and feared) CD-1 rezoning application. This approach shows a far-too-rare respect for the prior planning for Vancouver’s first “neighbourhood centre” at Kingsway-Knight.

Back in April 2013, Eye on Norquay put a question to a City of Vancouver planner who had played a central role in the planning of both the Kingsway-Knight and Norquay neighbourhood centres. Why did the Shopping Area Working Group for Kingsway-Knight never produce any specifics? The verbal reply:
C-2 zoning seemed adequate to guide future development for Kingsway.

Cynicism about the reliability of this answer was sustained by the Aquilini CD-1 approach to the April 2019 rezoning of 1303 Kingsway at Clark Drive. In the end, the Kingsway-Knight “planning” seemed to consist of nothing beyond a mass rezoning of 1512 single-family properties, concurrent with the unfortunate Aquilini spot-rezoning that became King Edward Village.

For a change, City of Vancouver seems to have negotiated with a large developer and to have achieved a few clear and significant benefits for the impacted local area. This includes human-scale townhouse streetscape for the northern portions of Dumfries and Fleming.

 

 

The foregoing text is extracted from the five-page design rationale at https://development.vancouver.ca/1503kingsway/documents/designrationale.pdf.

For persons interested in the details of the upcoming open house for 1503 Kingsway, here is the notification postcard:

 

 

Here is a rendering of the building foreseen for the Kingsway frontage of the site:

 

 
 
 

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Written by eyeonnorquay

17 June 2019 at 9:45 am