Here’s an edge of Chinatown building that we first looked at when it was proposed three years ago. It was built to the area’s zoning, so wasn’t slowed by the rezoning process, and now completed (with a restaurant and coffee shop fitting out and opening soon) it looks almost exactly like the model of the approved building.
Solterra picked up a 1970s two storey building on the corner of Keefer and Main Streets, (the north-west corner) in November 2011 for a reported $6.5 million. Rafii Architects designed a 10 storey 81 condo unit project over two floors of retail and office (three commercial units are on a mezzanine floor).
Keefer Street is on the left; Main Street is on the right of the image. The scheme was approved by the Development Permit Board after the Urban Design Panel gave it unanimous support. It’s the first of a series of new buildings in Chinatown that will introduce more residents to an area that has been in decline for many years.