105 Keefer Street


Merrick Architecture were hoping that ‘third time lucky’ was true. When it was rejected, they reworked the proposal again. Here’s the fourth version of  the Chinatown project that we first posted three years ago. After a long and contentious public hearing over four nights, Council voted 8-3 against the rezoning (although both NPA and Vision councilors supported the project). Now it seems that the developers have already indicated they will submit a development project that will fit within the 90′ height limit in current zoning, and won’t be required to include any non-market housing benefit.

The final proposal was reduced from 13 to 12 storeys, and to 110 market and 25 non-market senior’s units. The rezoning was proposed for the corner of Keefer and Columbia, across the street from the Sun Yat Sen garden. The building was sculpted to ensure there isn’t a shadow on the garden.

105 Keefer v3105 Keefer 2The initial design had 137 condos over two floors of retail. The second version (shown below) added rental housing for seniors on the second floor and a complicated broken up façade with 127 condos.

The third version (above) had 119 units, simpler (and slightly less) massing as well as 25 seniors housing units to be made available to a non-profit housing provider. In addition some of the main floor was proposed as a senior’s cultural space – an element that remained in the rejected version.

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3 Responses to 105 Keefer Street

  1. Ron says:

    I think the new version, with 2 wide facades, looks bulkier than the 2nd version.

  2. Jason Jones says:

    What can they build here without a rezoning?

    • ChangingCity says:

      As far as we can tell, up to 90 feet, condo over a floor of retail. That’s what has recently been approved on the 50′ lot to the east. Whether the new changes to zoning will apply to any project that’s submitted under current zoning is a bit unclear, as those changes haven’t been adopted yet. If they did apply, there would be an 8 storey maximum (but still 90′ tall) and a 6.05 FSR limit. As the 12 storey rezoning version was 7.04 FSR, it’s unlikely that the density limit will be an issue.

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