We first published this proposal for the corner of Gore Avenue and East Hastings in the fall of 2015. It was the first to emerge from the Downtown Eastside Plan under the new DEOD zoning rules that only permit rental housing – and requires 40% of the space (and 60% of the units) to be used for non-market housing. Having received support from the Urban Design Panel, the project was quickly approved by the Development Permit Board.
The model of the approved building is on the right – the as built is almost exactly as promised. We think it’s a model for adding density and height without completely overwhelming the prevailing height of the heritage buildings. The yellow details have been see on several other new projects in the area, and contrast really well with the red and brown brickwork and the darker panels.
Endall Elliot designed the 12-storey building with retail on the main floor and 172 units of rental housing, with 104 of them being non-market units. The developer is Wall Financial, partnering with BC Housing for the non-market part of the building. On our historical blog we looked at the site nearly 40 years ago, and at the Empress Theatre that first occupied this corner.