129 Keefer Street

Developer James Schouw proposed an infill development on Keefer Street, on a 25 foot wide lot. This building was proposed in early 2017 for the next door but one lot, 50 feet wide, and designed by Stantec Architecture.

Since then the initial version of the project has been redesigned for a new owner, retaining the same architects. The project proposes 32 condos over retail in an 88 feet high building with 10 storeys built to the existing zoning. (An adjacent site had a proposed rezoning to add additional height, but also offering rental seniors housing as part of the scheme – that would have been built to the west – the left – of this proposal, that was not supported by Council, and a revised project submitted with no rezoning was very unusually rejected by the Development Permit Board).

The illustrations show the project on the left, with the Heritage Keefer bar and residential building sandwiched between the new building and the earlier narrower proposal (apparently now redesigned a little).

The first version of the building (right) proposed to have retail frontages that wrap around to the laneway frontage via a narrow pedestrian alley that would connect Keefer to the laneway. That design used cast metal columns on the façade. The revised design is more contemporary, and we think a more worthy neighbour to the heritage building next door, (originally built as the warehouse of the Vancouver Gas Co.)

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