It’s nearly three years since we posted the renders of this project, and the first phase is now pretty much complete. Designed by Walter Francl Architecture for the Executive Group on the 100 block of West 2nd Avenue, the project has been split into three phases, with the next tower, Tower Green looking close to commencing construction.
You can see how closely the finished first tower matches the most recent render, from mid 2012. Eventually the project will occupy a complete half block immediately behind the four tower Wall Centre False Creek development. The three towers range from 13 to 16 storeys, over a 6 storey podium with a total of 488 condos as well as retail space. A bank and restaurant are already open; other spaces are being fitted out. The street tree pits have already been created, and in a few years that part of the render could be accurate too – although not just yet.
All the development in South East False Creek have to be rezoned because the City adopted a rezoning policy, rather than pre-zoning the area. All the developers pay a higher than average Development Cost Levy to cover the new roads, parks, waterfront walkway, social housing etc for the formerly industrial area. In addition some additional density can be considered for additional community benefits, and in this case the developer is providing an $11m childcare program with spaces for infants, toddlers, three-to-five year olds, and a preschool program. That’s now complete on top of the podium; there’s a high glazed screen at the 6th level protecting the outdoor play space on the roof. The developer has also acquired some heritage density from the Best Building on 1st Avenue and made a contribution to the affordable housing fund.
The building previously on the site represent a link to the city’s post-war growth. The Dominion Construction Company, run by Charles Bentall, built their headquarters here back in 1954. Still in business today, Dominion built the Bentall Centre for its related company as well as many other landmark city buildings, including the BC Pavilion at Expo 86 (these days the home of the Edgewater Casino – for the time being).