The City of Vancouver held an open house last night for a mixed-use project at 1102-1138 East Georgia Street. The rezoning application was submitted by Vancouver-based architecture firm Ekistics to rezone the site from a I-2 (Industrial) District to a CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This is through the Downtown Eastside plan, which allows for the industrial area known as Kiwassa to be zoned for residential projects if they include social housing. Those attending the open house had an opportunity to speak to city staff and the applicant team and provide their feedback on the project. Feedback can also be provided via an on-line form.

1102-1138 E Georgia, image via Ekistics

The project will replace a single-storey commercial/industrial building and will include 37 residential units with a mix of 2 studio, 4 one-, 1 two- and 30 three-bedroom units. 20% of the units will be social housing managed by the Anhart Foundation. Amenity spaces will include an upper-level courtyard that will be accessible through the main foyer at the east side of the building, and an indoor amenity space with a kitchen and a lounge. Most of the units will also have a private, landscaped rooftop patio.

1102-1138 E Georgia Courtyard, image via Ekistics

There will also be over 16,000 sq ft of street-facing commercial area. The commercial units will feature tall, bi-fold doors, canopies extending over the doors, and production spaces framed by brick columns.

1102-1138 E Georgia Commercial Spaces, image via Ekistics

Parking will include 38 residential and 41 commercial car spaces, as well as 52 bike spaces.  The site is well served by public transit; it is within walking distance of several bus routes on Hastings and Clark Streets. Several parks, schools, libraries, and community centres are also less than a 15-minute walk away.

Scale model, image by Alissa Reed

SkyriseVancouver will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database file and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.