Merrick Architecture have redesigned a building for this corner at least five times. The four earlier versions were for a rezoning, but after a public hearing that lasted many nights, with considerable opposition to the 120 foot tall project, the developers have submitted a shorter version that fits the zoning and so can avoid a public inquiry. The site is on the corner of Keefer and Columbia, across the street from the Sun Yat Sen garden.
The rejected rezoning proposal was 12 storeys, and had 110 market and 25 non-market senior’s units. The building was sculpted to ensure there wasn’t a shadow on the garden. The new shorter version has 111 condos, as the zoning permits, but no non-market housing. There are commercial uses at grade, including a seniors’ cultural space (as was proposed in the previous rezoning).
As this is effectively the same design that the Urban Design Panel already supported, but without the more controversial additional three storeys, it ought to have no problem going forward to a fall Development Permit Board meeting.