1780 E Broadway rezoning application

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We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 1780 E Broadway. The proposal is to allow for the development of three residential towers, ranging in height from 25 to 30 storeys above the retail plinth. The zoning would change from C-3A (commercial) to CD-1 (comprehensive development) District. This proposal includes:

  • 452 secured rental units and 236 strata residential units
  • A floor area of 59,298 sq. m (638,278 sq. ft.)
  • Commercial retail space at-grade including a large format grocery store
  • Office and commercial spaces, as well as a childcare facility within the podium levels
  • Public plaza running parallel to the SkyTrain station
  • 486 vehicle parking spaces and 1360 bicycle parking spaces

The application is being considered under the Grandview Woodland Community Plan.

This is a revised application from a previous application submitted on June 12, 2019 (view the previous application). Key changes from the previous submission include:

  • An increase in residential floor area from 57,673 sq. m (620,784 sq. ft.) to 59,298 sq. m (638,278 sq. ft.)
  • A decrease in strata units from 520 to 236 units
  • An increase in rental units from 160 to 452 units
  • Revised tower heights from 24, 27, and 30 storeys to 25, 29, and 30 storeys above retail plinth

In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), an extended online question and answer (Q&A) period was held in place of an in-person open house for this project.




We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 1780 E Broadway. The proposal is to allow for the development of three residential towers, ranging in height from 25 to 30 storeys above the retail plinth. The zoning would change from C-3A (commercial) to CD-1 (comprehensive development) District. This proposal includes:

  • 452 secured rental units and 236 strata residential units
  • A floor area of 59,298 sq. m (638,278 sq. ft.)
  • Commercial retail space at-grade including a large format grocery store
  • Office and commercial spaces, as well as a childcare facility within the podium levels
  • Public plaza running parallel to the SkyTrain station
  • 486 vehicle parking spaces and 1360 bicycle parking spaces

The application is being considered under the Grandview Woodland Community Plan.

This is a revised application from a previous application submitted on June 12, 2019 (view the previous application). Key changes from the previous submission include:

  • An increase in residential floor area from 57,673 sq. m (620,784 sq. ft.) to 59,298 sq. m (638,278 sq. ft.)
  • A decrease in strata units from 520 to 236 units
  • An increase in rental units from 160 to 452 units
  • Revised tower heights from 24, 27, and 30 storeys to 25, 29, and 30 storeys above retail plinth

In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), an extended online question and answer (Q&A) period was held in place of an in-person open house for this project.



The virtual open house has concluded. Please use the “Send your comments” tab or contact the Planner directly for any further feedback. Thank you for participating.

Q&A is available from October 5, 2020 to October 25, 2020.

Q&A replaces in-person open houses, which are on hold due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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    What is a rough estimate upper limit of the total of amount of environmental carbon offset required to balance out to zero the impact from materials (concrete, steel, glass..) and the building process to complete this construction?

    Leo Paul asked 5 days ago

    Thank you for your question. Details regarding green building strategies, emissions, etc. can be found in the Sustainable Design Strategy submitted with the rezoning application. Given the detailed nature of your question I would direct you to section J. Zero-Emissions Green Building Rezoning Policy Report.

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    Why are there so many projected vehicle parking stalls (486 at ~$80 k per stall) when located next to the busiest SkyTrain station and other active transportation nodes? (Doesn't seem too compatible with 'Greenest City' objectives...)

    DH asked 7 days ago

    As you correctly note, the proposal includes 486 parking stalls for the commercial and residential uses. The location is also adjacent to SkyTrain. All parking is to be provided in accordance with the requirements of the City’s Parking By-law; however, parking reductions can be considered under the Parking By-law based on proximity to transit and transportation demand management measures included in a proposal. The applicant has included a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan with this rezoning application outlining the TDM measures that will be incorporated into the encourage sustainable forms of travel and reduce the amount of on-site vehicle parking.

    Key TDM measures proposed for this project include dedicated car-share spaces and vehicles, car-share memberships for residents, additional secured long-term bicycle parking spaces

    and enhanced end-of-trip amenities for employees, Public Bicycle Share station and walking improvements connecting the neighborhood to the nearby SkyTrain station via a dedicated public plaza provided on-site. 

    The parking and the TDM Plan noted above are being evaluated as part of the rezoning application. More information related to the parking and TDM measures can be found in the submission documents including in technical detail in the submitted Transportation Assessment & Management Study and TDM Plan

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    What is the current size of the Safeway and why is Safeway projected to grow to 50,000 sf? (while the plaza is projected at only 20,000 sf)?

    DH asked 7 days ago

    The current Safeway is approximately 35,000 – 40,000 sq. ft. The grocery store floor area guidance is noted in the policies for the Safeway Site in the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan which includes accommodating a grocery retail of approximately 4,650 sq. m (50,000 sq. ft.), arranged in a one- or two-storey configuration. Similarly, the Plan notes that as part of the future redevelopment of the site, the introduction of a generous public plaza at grade is to be pursued; however, the Plan does not prescribe a specific size. More detail around the proposed plaza is available through the application documents as well as the applicants open house boards. The plaza is being evaluated as part of the rezoning application process.

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    Who will be responsible for programming and maintaining the plaza?

    eyesonthescreen asked 10 days ago

    Thank you for your question. The plaza is proposed to be programmed by the applicant and they are exploring opportunities to animate the space through public art, community events, etc. The plaza is intended to be a pedestrianized space, safe, secure and scaled to create a vibrant place of social interaction. Some small scale retail is proposed within the project is clustered towards the southeast corner of the plaza to reinforce this space as a place of destination and not simply a thoroughfare. The on-site plaza is proposed to be secured by way of a statutory right-of-way. The maintenance and programming of the plaza is being reviewed as part of the rezoning application process. 

    More information regarding the proposed plaza is available on the application document links as well as applicants open house boards

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    Will there be covered sidewalks?

    DH asked 7 days ago

    Weather protection is noted in the submission and shown visually along the Broadway and East 10th Avenue frontages on the proposed renderings. As well, the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan notes that design treatments to improve safety, accessibility, and comfort vary depending on location but includes direction regarding improving weather protection.

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    given the size of this project, are there additional plans for increased child care, and potential schools, that residents can have access to?

    Violet asked 14 days ago

    Regarding childcare this rezoning application includes a childcare facility and associated outdoor play area above office space along the podium levels adjacent to the public plaza to the west. The childcare is located at the top of the office block, with a visual connection to the interior courtyard, as well as views of the public plaza and East Broadway. At present the childcare is planned over two levels which relates to an age group split and specific needs of the children. More information on the proposed childcare is available under the application documents – Overview

    Regarding schools, this is under provincial jurisdiction and more information on schools including catchments, capacities and facility planning is available through the Vancouver School Board (VSB) webpage including long range facilities planning. Overall, VSB continues to monitor new residential developments and to work with the City to help plan for future growth. 

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    What will the sidewalk widths be? Will they be wider than currently?

    DH asked 7 days ago

    The sidewalk widths currently vary along the Broadway frontage of the site. The proposed building setbacks in the rezoning application include a 5.5 m (18 ft.) setback from the back of curb to the building face (illustrated on the Site Plan). The proposed setback aligns with the setback guidance of the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan for Broadway which calls for a setbacks to achieve a 5.5 m (18 ft.) sidewalk along Broadway.

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    Will the cladding and surface colurs be the terra cotta/brown we see in the original images or more of the lighter tones we see in the video?

    Paul Phalen asked 21 days ago

    This proposal is at the rezoning application stage which is early in the permitting process. The rezoning application process considers a proposal with the rezoning policies for the area, including any related policies. Generally, we consider rezoning applications that support an area's land use and development objectives. More detailed design and final determination of materials and colours happen at later permitting stages such as the development permitting stage; however, the details provided with the rezoning submission provide some early indication of texture, lightness, etc. that are being considered by the applicant team. In this case, the renderings with the terra cotta/brown cladding and surface colours are more illustrative of the current direction whereas the lighter tones in the flythrough video are simplified to illustrate the form and massing.

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    Why are there so few amenities in exchange for so much higher density? The vehicle and bicycle parking is for the benefit of the developer, and the only public amenity seems to be the "plaza".

    RW asked 21 days ago

    In a broader context, public amenities can include childcare facilities, parks, community centres, libraries, cultural facilities, affordable housing, utility upgrades (water and sewer), and street improvements. Funding for public amenities comes through the coordinated allocation of funds from a variety of sources including property taxes, utility fees, and user fees; revenue associated with new development via development cost levies (DCLs) and community amenity contributions (CACs); and contributions from other levels of government and non-profit partners.

    More specifically related to this application, the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan  provides direction on public benefits for the area which includes increasing the diversity of housing in Grandview-Woodland to meet the diverse needs of the population including increasing the stock of secured market rental housing by 1,400 units. As well, the Plan also seeks the renewal and expansion of childcare; investments in parks and open space including the creation of a new large plaza as part of the redevelopment of the Safeway site; upgrades to 10th Avenue, including walking, cycling and public realm enhancements near Commercial‑Broadway Station; and investments in utilities (water & sewer pipes) among the public benefits  for Grandview‑Woodland. 

    This rezoning application, currently under review, proposes 452 secured rental housing units, including 37 units secured at below-market rates. The proposal also includes a new 20,000 sq. ft. public plaza running parallel to the Commercial‑Broadway SkyTrain station which links Broadway and 10th Avenue. The plaza is to be will be animated with small, unique retail and child friendly activities and be fully accessible to the public. The proposal will also be subject to an evaluation to determine if the appropriate amount of public benefits and amenities are being provided.   

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    Where are the community amenities we normally see with a large project?

    RW asked 15 days ago

    In a broader context, funding for public amenities such as childcare facilities, parks, community centres, libraries, cultural facilities, affordable housing, utility upgrades (water and sewer), and street improvements comes through the coordinated allocation of funds from a variety of sources. These funding sources can include property taxes, utility fees, and user fees; revenue associated with new development via development cost levies (DCLs) and community amenity contributions (CACs); and contributions from other levels of government and non-profit partners.

    For this application, the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan  provides direction on public benefits for the area which includes increasing the diversity of housing in Grandview-Woodland to meet the diverse needs of the population including increasing the stock of secured market rental housing by 1,400 units. As well, the Plan also seeks the renewal and expansion of childcare; investments in parks and open space including the creation of a new large plaza as part of the redevelopment of the Safeway site; upgrades to 10th Avenue, including walking, cycling and public realm enhancements near Commercial‑Broadway Station; and investments in utilities (water & sewer pipes) among the public benefits  for Grandview‑Woodland. 

    This rezoning application, currently under review, proposes 452 secured rental housing units, including 37 units secured at below-market rates. The proposal will also contribute to investments in utilities and public realm improvements and includes a new 20,000 sq. ft. public plaza running parallel to the Commercial‑Broadway SkyTrain station which links Broadway and 10th Avenue. The plaza is to be will be animated with small, unique retail and child friendly activities and be fully accessible to the public. The proposal will be subject to an evaluation to determine if the appropriate amount of public benefits and amenities are being provided.