Cheryl Rossi, Vancouver Courier Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A tall tower could emerge from the ashes of the Christmas Day fire that destroyed businesses and artists’ studios at the corner of East Broadway and Kingsway. Read more.

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The basic, economical, rectilinear form takes on a decidedly different appearance with the addition of the undulating balconies of varying shape and size. More than just adornment, the shape and placement of the balconies provide sufficient disruption in wind force to eliminate the need for a tuned mass damper in the building and will make the balconies usable even on the uppermost floors.

The developer is Magellan Development Group of Chicago. The building is 82 stories and will house commercial tenants, residential rental units and residential condominiums. Additional information can be found at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqua_(skyscraper) or www.lifeataqua.com/.

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Follow up article on yesterday’s Council decisions regarding the Planning Department’s recommendation that four sites it identified on the downtown peninsula be allowed to penetrate existing view corridors and increased building heights in Chinatown/Gastown.

via CBC News – British Columbia – Vancouver rejects downtown high-rise proposals.

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Rising to New Heights – Part 3

Brent Toderian, Director of Planning, sells his staff report recommendations in this follow up article by Doug Ward of the Vancouver Sun.

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Rising to New Heights – Part 2

Back in December, I posted a link to Frances Bula’s article about the current consideration being given at Vancouver’s City Hall for a limited number of “intrusions” into the sacred view corridors.  In this follow up article in yesterday’s Vancouver Sun, Tiffany Crawford discusses the recommendations that were tabled in a staff report to Council on January 5th.  The article is here.  At the time I posted this today, there were already more than a hundred comments posted on the Sun website (why is it that the uninformed always seem to have the most to say…?) which is indicative of how passionately we Vancouverites are about our views and building heights.

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Despite howls of protest from residents at the Shangri-La, council granted Holborn Developments an additional 16′ of height in exchange for additional DCL’s, community amenities and reportedly $14.0 M in transferable heritage density.  That will put the Ritz-Carlton tower at 616′ versus 646′ for the Shangri-La. Frances Bula’s reporting on the Council meeting is here.

Original Approved Design for Ritz-Carlton Vancouver

Original Approved Design for Ritz-Carlton Vancouver

Holborn applied to amend the existing CD-1 zoning for this site to allow an additional 80,000 SF of residential FSR, increasing the total FSR from 17.74 to 20.8.  It also sought to increase the number of residential units (located on floors 25 – 67) from 124 to 193 and hotel rooms from 127 to 176.

This project is shaping up to be something quite different from what was originally envisioned. Construction has yet to start, so stay tuned for more changes ahead (brand, developer…?).

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Up, Up and Away

In this Globe and Mail article yesterday, writer Frances Bula identifies the four downtown sites that Director of Planning Brent Toderian has proposed for Vancouver’s tallest towers.  One of the sites (the old bus depot site on West Georgia between Cambie and Beatty) is owned by the City and was much-discussed as a preferred location for a new Vancouver Art Gallery.  The article is here.

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