Today the Quality Inn Downtown, on Howe Street, is a 7-storey mid block building. It started life as the somewhat smaller Villa Hotel, and is currently temporary non-market housing, but it’ll be replaced with something altogether larger.
In 2013 Ramsay Worden Architects had a render on their website for a 39-storey tower on a 7-storey podium. There was an open house but then no rezoning application appeared.
In 2015 there was a different scheme, designed by IBI with another developer (Townline); for 40 storeys on a 7-storey podium (so the same as the hotel that’s there today) with 389 units, and a 37 space childcare facility (with the open space on top of the podium).
The same architects designed the nearby (and taller) Burrard Place tower that has a similarly neutral colour pallet. This is the Howe Street face of the model that the Urban Design Panel reviewed, and supported, so the project was able to obtain a rezoning.
Now marketing has started, and there’s another change of developer, and plans. The previous version had a mix of 264 condo and over 100 rental units. Onni’s version apparently retains the design, but reduces the number of condos to around 120 that start at 1,100 sq. ft. and can be configured up to 5,600 sq. ft.