We first mentioned this project back in January 2012, it was given a green light for rezoning in November, and now the revised design has been supported by the Urban Design Panel. It’s surprisingly big, and will make a huge difference to the neighbourhood. We wondered if the Development Permit would look any different from the rezoning design (which references the stacks of shipping containers found just to the north in the Port of Vancouver). The new model is shown above, and the rezoning render is below – and very little has changed. The red material will be corrugated, just like containers. The project has been remarketed – and successfully sold – as Strathcona Village.
Right now the odd numbered 900 block of E Hastings is a set of what look like 1 storey buildings, although as they’re on the edge of the bridge that goes over the railway, actually they’re quite a bit taller on the lane. GBL have designed a building for Wall Financial of 10 to 12 storeys, with over 280 market units, 70 non-market units and light industrial uses both at street level and below.