Here’s another long-anticipated Downtown Eastside project. Holborn have owned the site across Abbott Street from Woodwards for many years. Now they’ve submitted a development application to build a 10-storey mixed-use building with 132 units of secured market rental housing over commercial space on the ground floor. The rezoning was already approved.
The architect is Gair Williamson, who has designed a number of other projects in the area. The design respects the Victory Square design guidelines, and the east 7 storey segment of the Hastings Street elevation aligns with the Paris Block 2 lots over, while the west 8 storey segment aligns with the historic Woodward’s façade across Abbott Street. Levels 8-10 of the east segment are set back 8 feet from the street, while levels 9 and 10 of the west segment are recessed one foot from the lower façade.