Here’s the first project completed in the very small area of Chinatown where buildings can be rezoned to 150 feet in height. There’s another project by Westbank next door that’s not quite complete yet. We first saw this scheme in May 2012, and below is the model that was at the rezoning hearing three years ago for 192 units over retail, designed by Chris Dikeakos for Blue Sky Properties. It now has an East Georgia street address, as that’s where the residential entrance is located, and a name – ‘Chinatown’.
There were a few design changes, including simplified brick colour variation, but overall the building as built is very close to the original intent. The combined effect of these buildings, a site yet to develop across the street, and the viaducts land to the south will bring a significant population into a stretch of Main Street and the edge of Chinatown that currently has very few residents and some pretty dismal retail spaces.
Surprisingly for a strata building the developers have chosen to make it a rental building. Tenants have already started moving in and there’s a bank relocating to one of the retail units.