626 Alexander Street

626 Alexander builtWe posted the plans for this building when it was proposed almost exactly two years ago – and here it is finished. Because the new Downtown Eastside plan restricted the potential 626 Alexanderfor condo ownership in the DEOD part of the DTES – The Downtown Eastside Oppenheimer District – these may be the last that will be built in that area  (until there’s a new or revised plan).

The 29 unit 4-storey building has 5 units of non-market housing on the main floor. It’s designed by Gair Williamson and is very similar to The Cordovan, by the same architect for a different developer, a bit further west The façade and plan are very similar – and as a bonus it looks almost exactly as the project model suggested.

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7 Responses to 626 Alexander Street

  1. Greg Arden says:

    Seem small. Wouldn’t six storeys be more viable/

    • ChangingCity says:

      If you look at the design of Cordovan, you’ll see there’s a courtyard between two blocks. Six storeys would make that space quite a bit darker. It’s also said that 6-storey woodframe is more expensive per unit than 4-storey, and these projects (given their location) are unlikely to generate any significant higher value for upper floors. In this case we suspect it’s all about the economics, and creating relatively inexpensive ownership opportunities.

  2. Mike Odlaw says:

    I’m curious to see more detail on the facade of this boutique building as it looks interesting… innovative with the 5 units of non-market housing so you say and sure hope the price points aren’t what they have become in Gastown! Wow-zers!! Doesn’t the neighborhood need more of these?

    • ChangingCity says:

      We’ve updated the image with a picture of the model of the scheme. It gives you a better idea of what it (currently) could look like.

  3. matt says:

    who’s the developer?

  4. NewCity says:

    I don’t know who all the partners on Epix are…however Jeremy Waldman who used to be Boffo (cordovan) Director of Development was one of the proponents at the open house

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