424 and 454 West Pender Street

424 & 464 W Pender 1424 & 464 W Pender 2These two new rezonings were first proposed in February. They’re on the same block, designed by the same architect for the same developer, but separated by two heritage buildings that are clearly not going nowhere (or the buildings would have been included in a larger scheme). They’re both 11-storey mixed-use buildings with retail at grade: 424 has 72 units of rental housing and 454 has 68 units, also secured market rental.

The developer is Onni – and the architects are the IBI Group. The first version of the design was more solid, and was initially not supported by the Urban Design Panel who needed more detail. They recently saw a revised version with a new model of the buildings, (photographed here), which now have their support.

The corner building in particular now has a much lighter and simpler warehouse style compared to the earlier version (below)which should fit the scale of the area and the heritage office buildings nearby very well.

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