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Safeway at Broadway/Commercial

 
Pre-Application Open House

Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive

Doors: 5:30 pm
Presentation: 6:00 pm
Open House: 6:15 pm to 8:30 pm

http://www.broadwaycommercial.ca/app/uploads/2017/06/1594-Broadway-Commercial-June-27-OH-Flyer.pdf

 
The Broadway/Commercial Safeway (as well as the Safeway at 3410 Kingsway) are where many residents of Norquay go for their food shopping. The Norquay Plan has already seen developer Westbank plunder the plaza that was supposed to serve local residents on the 2220 Kingsway former Canadian Tire site Instead, we got a podium fortress with a parklet designed to serve underground air exhaust vents. Now Westbank seeks to eliminate a another plaza, a key element of the 2016 Grandview-Woodland Plan on the Safeway site at 1780 East Broadway. Come out to the June 27 event and tell Westbank’s consultants what you think.

The Broadway/Commercial Safeway site falls within the boundaries of Cedar Cottage, the Vancouver neighbourhood already heavily impacted by the two “neighbourhood centres” of Kingsway & Knight and Norquay Village. Though extreme for extent and multiplicity, the planning for Cedar Cottage has been anything but comprehensive. Flagrant abuse of the geographic center has been followed by grab-bag snatches at the perimeter: Norquay, 3365 Commercial, and now the Safeway site.

Also see Alternative Location Proposed for New Commercial Drive Public Plaza.

 

 

 

 
 

Written by eyeonnorquay

21 June 2017 at 11:14 am

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2751 Kingsway / Harvey’s

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Pre-Application Open House on 21 June 2017

 

 

 
A pre-application open house to present a development proposal for 2751 Kingsway (the Harvey’s site) will be held 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on 21 June 2017 at Cunningham School (2330 East 37th Avenue). A building of 10 storeys on Kingsway and 4 storeys on Duke Street is proposed. This is consistent with the Norquay plan.

The pre-application open house is the first step in community consultation for a rezoning proposal. Although only residents living very near the site receive official notification, the even is open to all.

Suggestions for changes to development proposals have greatest effect at this first public stage of the process. Come to the open house and submit written comments.
 

Written by eyeonnorquay

15 June 2017 at 9:48 am

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Exemplary

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Resident Concerns Are Heard

 
On rare occasions in Vancouver, at a public hearing for a proposed new development, local area residents may discover that expressed concerns have been both heard and addressed. On 18 October 2016, the rezoning of 2395-2469 Kingsway met with such a happy outcome.

This site has been identified under the Norquay Plan as one of three locations along Kingsway — in very long blocks along the north side — where new development is supposed to provide pedestrian connection to the street that runs parallel. The rezoning application presented a 12-storey tower built on a two-part podium of 4 storeys, with a connecting bridge at an upper level.

In general, the form of development respected the Norquay Plan. But a letter to Council from residents detailed four concerns:

(1)  That more brick be used on the exterior of the buildings.

(2)  That the width of the pedestrian connection be increased from 20 feet to 40 feet.

(3)  That conditions for landscaping and furniture and maintenance be explicitly specified.

(4)  That the “bridge” overhanging the pedestrian connection be removed, with a second elevator provided for the smaller building.

Council members raised all of these concerns at the public hearing. Planning staff responded that the first three items had already been addressed or were in the process of being dealt with. And the applicant affirmed that the bridge would be removed and a second elevator installed in the smaller building.

This is an example of how the development and public hearing process is supposed to work.

The video recording of the public hearing can be seen at

http://civic.neulion.com/cityofvancouver/index.php?clipid=3494605,004
 

Written by eyeonnorquay

25 October 2016 at 3:19 pm

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Blockbustings

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An appeal to write a letter in support of the No Tower Coalition and its long struggle against the Kettle/Boffo collaboration led to the compilation of the following list of blockbustings. For over a decade now, what calls itself “planning” in Vancouver has turned into a mishmash of naked spot rezonings and new local area plans. Sometimes the two are so entangled that it becomes difficult to determine exactly how an addled egg has managed to emerge from a chicken cooped up in an open house. Consider only the tortuous histories of King Edward Village, Rize Alliance, and Joyce Station Precinct.

Amidst the muddle, one thing remains clear. Developers always push for the tallest possible towers. And planners collude to set precedents that can prejudice future area planning to the greatest extent possible.

Concrete proposals for Kettle/Boffo development will be a salient matter on 27 July 2016 as speakers line up to address the new Grandview-Woodland local area plan.

 

Council Date        Storeys     Description


2003 July 24        17          King Edward Village for Kingsway & Knight

2006 Jan  24        22          2300 Kingsway for Norquay

2011 Apr  21        16          8495 Granville (Safeway) for Marpole 

2011 July 19        35          8440 Cambie (Marine Gateway) for Marpole

2011 Nov  01        30          Wall Centre Central Park for Renfrew-Collingwood

2012 June 11        22          1401 Comox for West End

2012 Feb  27        21          Rize Alliance for Mt Pleasant

2012 Oct  16        12          955 East Hastings for Downtown Eastside

2016 June 28        30          5050-5080 Joyce (Westbank at Joyce Station)

2016 July 19        12          155 East 37th (Little Mountain) for RPSC

2016 July 27        12          Kettle/Boffo for Grandview Woodland

 
 

Written by eyeonnorquay

24 July 2016 at 11:21 am

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Big Hit from Rental 100

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A consolidation of 5 parcels with a frontage of 231 feet has occurred on the northwest corner of Kingsway at Gladstone Street, cater-corner from the massive full-block development now underway at 2220 Kingsway.

The letter reproduced below has been received by local area residents, announcing a developer’s pre-application open house:

 
        Gladstone Secondary School
        4105 Gladstone Street
        Thursday  —  19 May 2016  —  5 pm to 8 pm
 

The developer seeks to build approximately 100 units of so-called affordable rental housing in a building of six storeys at an FSR of 3.3. The City of Vancouver “Rental 100” program offers developers massive no-fee gifts (with no honest rental-rate accountability) simply to build rental housing units.

Primary concerns at this point relate to three aspects:

Kingsway and Gladstone sidewalk setbacks. Gladstone Street marks the western boundary for the Norquay Plan. For a development of this scale, the Norquay Plan requires a setback of 25 feet. Does it make sense for the block right beside Norquay to suffer a downgraded “transition” status because that next block has not been “planned”? The stretch of Kingsway between Victoria Drive and Gladstone Street is already more attractive than any comparable segment of Kingsway that falls within the one-mile boundaries of “Norquay.”

Articulation along a 230 foot streetwall. Without good design, the existing building variety could be lost to a deadscape that deactivates current street life. This development needs to look like at least five different buildings.

Amenity delivery failure for Norquay so far. A new massive no-payback development will exacerbate the population pressures already concentrating at the western edge of Norquay. After enduring a great deal of construction activity, and seeing a CAC of $3 million immediately sequestered, Norquay residents have enjoyed none of the major public realm improvements specified by the Norquay Plan. So far that brand-new “neighbourhood centre” to the east — where the City of Vancouver owns three acres of land at 2400 Kingsway — remains a truck-route wasteland despite all the planning. Meanwhile, developers exploit the edge.

 
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Developer’s Letter
 

 
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2153-2199 Kingsway as Shown on VanMap
 

 
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The Five Existing Parcels on Kingsway
 

 
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     2153 Kingsway
 

 
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     2163 Kingsway
 

 
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     2169 Kingsway
 

 
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     2185 Kingsway
 

 
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     2199 Kingsway
 

 
 

Two Big Wins from Any Redevelopment

 

 
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     Elimination of Pattison’s Lighted, Noisy Non-Conforming Billboard
 

 
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     Disappearance of the City of Vancouver Sponsored DUMP
 

However ugly we get treated in the heart of East Vancouver, sometimes there’s unintended upside!
Call it collateral repair?
 

Written by eyeonnorquay

13 May 2016 at 5:33 pm

2308 East 34th Ave OH

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Open House at Cunningham School  —  2330 East 37th Avenue

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm  —  Wednesday 18 November 2015

 
http://former.vancouver.ca/commsvcs/planning/rezoning/applications/2308e34thave/index.htm

 
Streetscape
 

 
This 41.5 x 88 ft. single lot on a corner currently contains a small two-storey “heritage” building which has functioned as a corner store with a housing unit above. The applicant proposes to restore the existing heritage building and to attach a new two-storey infill townhouse on East 34th Avenue. A new three-storey duplex would also be added as infill on Nanaimo Street. Total units proposed are 4 residential and 1 commercial with no parking spaces.

Initial concerns focus on request for an excessive amount of bonus density (approximately 50% rather than the 10% usually granted on residential sites) and on the lack of provision for parking. The public may submit comments by email to the rezoning planner — tiffany.rutherford@vancouver.ca — until a final decision is made. The decision usually occurs several weeks after the Open House.
 

Written by eyeonnorquay

16 November 2015 at 5:37 pm

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September 23rd Panels

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At the September 23 Norquay Open House people had to line up to see panels and to talk to planners. The event was busy for all three hours. Shortly after the 5:00 pm opening about sixty people were present. Planners ran out of comment forms. Panel number 3 for Zoning in Norquay Village stayed mobbed for the whole evening.

View the set of panels on the City of Vancouver web site or access the 10-panel pdf now archived at Eye on Norquay. Analysis is underway and comment is being prepared.

 
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Written by eyeonnorquay

24 September 2015 at 12:54 pm

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