We had noticed some site cleanup on a 25 foot lot on Keefer Street (to the east of the heritage building with the Keefer bar). Now we know what’s initially been proposed to go there – “To develop a nine-storey, multiple-family dwelling building with a commercial retail unit on the main floor, providing 19 parking spaces over four levels (via automated parking system) having vehicular access from the lane”.
It headed to the Urban Design Panel this week, and was not supported. The minutes aren’t available yet, but we understand the panel didn’t appreciate the style of the building, which needs work to make it fit better into the intent of the Chinatown design guidelines.
The plans for the 14 unit project were drawn up by Stantec Architecture, but the delegation to the panel confirmed the design is associated with the developer, James Schouw, most recently responsible for Artimesia on Hornby Street (and earlier Grace, on Seymour).