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.
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.