5910-5998 Cambie St rezoning application

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We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 5910-5998 Cambie St. The proposal is to allow for a mixed-use development with a 29-storey market residential tower and a 15-storey hotel tower over a podium. The zoning would change from RT-2 (duplexes and multiple dwellings) to CD-1 (comprehensive development). The proposal includes:

  • 168 market strata residential units (29 storey)
  • 270 hotel units (15 storey)
  • 10 artist live-work studios
  • Retail use at grade
  • Floor space ratio (FSR) of 10.86
  • Floor area of 31,982 sq. m (344,256 sq. ft.)
  • Maximum building height of 85 m (278 ft.)
  • 281 vehicle parking spaces and 377 bicycle parking spaces

The application is being considered under the Cambie Corridor Plan.

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.

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We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 5910-5998 Cambie St. The proposal is to allow for a mixed-use development with a 29-storey market residential tower and a 15-storey hotel tower over a podium. The zoning would change from RT-2 (duplexes and multiple dwellings) to CD-1 (comprehensive development). The proposal includes:

  • 168 market strata residential units (29 storey)
  • 270 hotel units (15 storey)
  • 10 artist live-work studios
  • Retail use at grade
  • Floor space ratio (FSR) of 10.86
  • Floor area of 31,982 sq. m (344,256 sq. ft.)
  • Maximum building height of 85 m (278 ft.)
  • 281 vehicle parking spaces and 377 bicycle parking spaces

The application is being considered under the Cambie Corridor Plan.

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.

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    As an artist here and low income, why are the residences only a 3 year term? Do you evict the artist after 3 years? Kathryn

    Kathryn Alma-Nihte asked 19 days ago

    The artist live-work studios within this proposal are being considered as additions to the City’s Artist Studio Award program. Live-work studios in this program are awarded based upon financial need and artistic excellence. In the past, studios within this program have been awarded for 3 years terms to support artists and their work. They are not strictly residential spaces. The City has separate programs dedicated as social housing for artists. One project currently under development is at Main and 2nd (rezoning report here). For further information please contact cultural.spaces@vancouver.ca.

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    The community plan was approved recently, and this project, as well as many others in the area, seem identical to what it calls for. Therefore would it not be easier, and provide more stability to residents, if the city approved a general area rezoning instead of wasting public funds on these individual reviews?

    Silent_Echo asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your question. This application generally complies with the Cambie Corridor Plan, which sets out a long-term vision for the area and provides guidance on expected future development. Individual rezoning applications involve a comprehensive staff review and opportunities for the public to provide feedback throughout the process. All privately-initiated rezonings include an application fee which allows the City to recover the costs associated with the rezoning review. The City is continuing to explore opportunities to streamline rezoning and development processing and staff appreciate your question as this work continues.

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    And where does social housing fit into this equation? Also I assume the artist quarters will have good light.

    LindaUH asked 19 days ago

    Suitable lighting for appropriate artist work space as well as livability will be considered as part of the comprehensive staff review of the proposal. Staff will take this comment back as the staff review of the proposal continues.

    The artist live-work studios within this proposal are being considered as additions to the City’s Artist Studio Award program. Live-work studios in this program are awarded based upon financial need and artistic excellence. In the past, studios within this program have been awarded for 3 years terms to support artists and their work. They are not strictly residential spaces. The City has separate programs dedicated as social housing for artists. One project current under development is at Main and 2nd (rezoning report here). For further information please contact cultural.spaces@vancouver.ca.

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    This property is not maintained - Grass areas are left to be unsightly and as a result this collection of properties is a blight on the neighbourhood. Developer is not acting like a good neighbour to local residents. We all pay taxes, some of us for decades and now the developers are not held responsible for the maintenance of the properties. Cost would be minimal to cut the boulevards and at least the areas on the outside of fences. We endured the mess during construction of the Canada Line a decade ago, and now this. Could "The City" please insist on decent maintenance of these sites?

    Frustrated Neighbour asked 23 days ago

    Thank you for notifying staff of your concerns regarding the properties. We appreciate your concerns and are now working with Property Use Inspectors to ensure these concerns are addressed.

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    Thanks for your response to my first question, but it doesn't address the core issue at hand. You'll never see what is illustrated in the rendering in the real world. As such, perhaps this image isn't a great choice in your communications. It would be very beneficial to have it re-rendered as a 3 point perspective. Furthermore, the rendering shown here is not a very standard two point perspective, as one of the vanishing points is IN the rendering (at street level beside the large tree) while the other vanishing point much further off the edge of the rendering (to the right), if you follow the lines of perspective convergence. I would illustrate this graphically, but it isn't possible with your system at the moment. The lack of a physical Open House setting unfortunately prevents me and other members of the public from having a very detailed look at your model from any direction. Would it be possible to also post a 3D computer model of the application on this webpage? That would certainly help with the robustness and completeness of the virtual open house experience.

    steve asked 25 days ago

    The applicant has provided a fly-through 3D rendering of the application which can now be viewed on this project website.

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    How is your rendering on this page wider at the top than at the base? Since it appears to be a ground level location, shouldn't the top be narrower than the bottom, given that it is farther away from the viewer? Is it not a perspective?

    steve asked 26 days ago

    The area of each floor plate for the two towers is 6,500 sq. ft. and 8,050 sq. ft. respectively. 

    The rendering is a 2-point perspective. The top of the tower is not wider than the bottom so this rendering angle appears to be an optical illusion. Staff can confirm that that the floor plates of the residential tower have the same extent from Level 4 up to the top level. The hotel tower also has the same extent to the top floor. If you would like to refer to page 7 Elevations & Sections of the Applicant Boards, it will provide another view of the tower floor plates which could clarify the image further.