Vancouver highrise to segregate entrances for condo owners and social housing residents
by Carlito Pablo
15 November 2017
A view of the
site showing Burnaby Street, where future condo owners will enter, and
Thurlow Street, where social housing residents will have access.
The rich and poor of Vancouver are not going to mix in a new residential tower in the West End.
Condo owners and residents in the social housing section of the development will have separate entrances.
The 30-storey tower is proposed at a corner property at 1068-1080 Burnaby Street and 1318 Thurlow Street.
“The prime entrance and indoor amenity for the market portion of the
building is located prominently from Burnaby Street with the social
housing lobby taken from Thurlow Street,” according to the design
rationale included in the rezoning application filed with the city.
Intracorp Projects Ltd. and Strand Development are the two companies behind the project.
Intracorp is the same firm that is currently constructing the Jervis, a
19-storey building also located in the West End, which has separate
entrances for condo owners and residents of social housing.
In another part of the city, Intracorp has proposed a 10-storey
building at a corner lot at East 11th Avenue and Victoria Drive, which
will have the same entrance for its two types of residents.
In this particular East Vancouver development, condo owners and
residents who are going to pay market-level rents will have the same
lobby. There will be no social housing in the project.
Going back to the proposed rezoning of 1068-1080 Burnaby Street and
1318 Thurlow Street, the design rationale also states that the
“development serves to fulfill an important social role” envisioned in
the West End community plan “through the provision of well located,
affordable, and much needed social housing, in conjunction with the
family oriented market housing”.
The 39 social housing units will be located on the lower floors of the
development, whose ownership will be transferred to the City of
There will be 82 condos above the social housing portion of the building.
“The social housing component of the building will be designed as a
distinct, and independently functioning entity within the overall
building and will be subdivided from the market component of the
building by an air space parcel subdivision with title transferred to
the City of Vancouver prior to project completion,” according to the
The design rationale also states that for the condo portion, a
“generously sized amenity room is proposed in the northeast corner with
a smaller amenity space located at the northwest corner, adjacent the
main entrance lobby”.
For the social housing component, there will be “a large outdoor amenity space at grade to the south”.
In addition, “Individual children’s play areas for both market and
social housing residents are proposed along the eastern edge of the
site with convenient connectivity to other outdoor amenity programs and
indoor amenity areas.”
A community open house for the proposed development will be held on
November 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel &
Suites (1110 Howe Street).