Although it hasn’t shown up on the City’s website yet, this is an infill project proposed for a tight site in Gastown. Once the location of the Louvre Hotel, there’s now a vacant site and a propped up heritage building next to the Merchants Bank building behind Pigeon Park. Newly formed architectural firm Human Studio Architecture (led by experienced local architect Bruce Haden) have designed a seven and five storey building which would have commercial at grade and a total of 38 dwelling units and 13 micro dwelling units, which are proposed to be market rental.
The Urban Design Panel have already reviewed (and supported) the project, as has the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee, who suggested several changes, but none that would change the massing. The heritage building, known as The McConnell Building, will only have the façade retained (providing it stays standing that long!)