Evan – 1908 Scotia Street


Evan blogHere’s another ‘artists studio’ project just completed in the Brewery Creek area of Mount Pleasant. We suspect that these days that very few artists end up in these buildings, despite the units being designed to accommodate their use by artists. The scheme is designed by SHIFT Architecture for Greci Developments, based on the north shore.

Evan - Stotia It’s six storeys with 55 units, most of them with an artists studio, and its on the east side of East 2nd Ave at Scotia Street. It wasn’t a rezoning, and as there were no significant design issues it received a Development Permit quite fast – three years ago. This is the sales render, which showed a few minor changes to the initial design. The ‘as built’ is slightly different again. Although it was initially offered for sale, the building is now being offered as rental, although there’s nothing preventing the developer from selling the units in future.

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6 Responses to Evan – 1908 Scotia Street

  1. Hazlit says:

    Indeed. The priorities of the city council seem to be universally binary–either expensive condos that no one can afford, or subsidized housing for the DTES crowd. Vancouver does both in abundance–despite the protests of the DTESers, but God forbid that you may want a studio to paint in or a garret to write in, or a loft to practice your dance moves in. These things do not matter. Yet no city can survive and thrive without culture–life becomes dead and empty otherwise–and the city also has a responsibility to ensure the survival of artistic and cultural pursuits.

    • ChangingCity says:

      You’re somewhat missing our point, which is that while the city tries to encourage artists through permitting artists live work, for whatever reason (and it’s probably the price of real estate in the city) not many appear to be in those spaces – although they’re required to be designed so that artists could use them.
      City Council don’t even get involved in most of these projects; they’re within the area’s zoning and the Development Permit Board decide if they are approved or not.
      If you want to see an example where City Council was involved, look at the post below for 1265 Howe Street where a rezoning was just approved with 10,000 square feet of artists stuidio – no ‘live’ involved, so pretty much guaranteed to have artists working in the space.

  2. beach650 says:

    Hazlit – what is your suggestion for making condos less expensive in a city where land price is as high as it is in Vancouver? What is it you think Council should do?

    • Hazlit says:

      I think Council should push developers to build Paris on the empty lots of Vancouver. There’s still plenty of space and plenty of ugly buildings to be torn down. All we need is for developers (via Council) to provide more for less.

  3. Vamo says:

    What is exactly an “artist live/work studio” for the city of Vancouver? Is there a by-law or specific regulations that makes the difference with a regular condo?

    • ChangingCity says:

      In some buildings there’s not a lot of obvious difference. Some are rentals, and some in Mount Pleasant are more ‘loft’ without the fancy countertops and expensive fittings. Others are so similar to condo buildings you couldn’t tell that they aren’t. A recent city report says the intent of the Guidelines for artist live-work are to encourage functional, livable, affordable and safe artist ‘live/work’ studios; ensure a high standard of livability; affording enhanced daylighting and ventilation opportunities; and integrate with, and enhance the overall character of the neighbourhood. In theory the space is designed in such a way that an artist can work from the space they live in; as we noted before in practice we suspect most are occupied as brighter and more generously sized condos.

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