We posted an image of a small retail building proposed for this site last year. It only had two storeys, which was a little underwhelming given the context of the half-a-skyscraper developed in the 1920s by the Royal Bank on the adjacent site to the west. (The economic collapse in the 1930s meant the other half was never built).
Now there’s a totally different proposal, with a 28 storey 330′ office tower proposed. It would have a modest 150,000 sq ft of office space – but it’s a tiny site, only 52 feet wide, so it has a high density as a result.
The render in the rezoning package has a very odd perspective, so we’ve altered it here to give a more accurate idea of what it might look like. It’s designed by Musson, Cattell Mackey, who are responsible for designing more downtown office space than any other architectural firm, so know what they’re doing. It would be the second new office on this streetfront, as 601 W Hastings is expected to commence construction soon.
The building will presumably be developed by the Royal Bank, as the rezoning physically attaches to the old building which would have a heritage designation for the façade, and a seismic upgrade as a result.