After much delay, this is finally a rezoning proposal. It’s for a site that’s one of very few where the Downtown Eastside Plan allows the possibility of 150 feet tall buildings, on the corner between V6A and Ginger. The opportunity is only possible because the revisions to the Plan haven’t been adopted yet. Those would see no further rezonings, after significant public concern expressed about the two taller buildings already completed, and one proposed on Keefer Street where City Council did not approve the rezoning.
An earlier version was shown by Studio One Architecture nearly three years ago, (below) that looks to have pretty similar massing, but was less refined in terms of detailing. After that the site was offered for sale for a while, but it appears not to have sold as the same owners are behind the new design. The 18 SRO units currently on the site will be replaced with 19 units to be given to the City of Vancouver, and there would by 99 condos over retail.
Currently there’s a tired hostel that was a Single Room Occupancy hotel, a former vegetarian restaurant and yoga studio, the Brickhouse club and the former site of the Jimi Hendrix shrine (There’s no actual direct connection between Jimi and the shrine’s location, which started life as a cab stand and was later a storage room for a now-demolished restaurant). Supposedly the new scheme will reference this mythical connection, and also potentially replace the bar, if the former owner wants to continue to operate it.
It remains to be seen if this project raises as many objections as 105 Keefer, and if so whether Council will nevertheless choose to support it.