It’s been over a year since the last update on the Second + Main project in Mt. Pleasant, and the site has now been cleared and excavation is underway. The project will be built by Urban One, whose portfolio includes the KitsWest and the UBC Brocks Common Tallwood House; the tallest mass timber building in the world. Development is by Create Properties and Northchild Developments, with design by Francl Architecture and dys Architecture and interior design by False Creek Design Group.

Cleared site, image by Alissa Reed.

The project is located at 1837-1847 Main Street, 180 East 2nd Avenue and 157-185 East 3rd Avenue. The building will be 201,115 sq ft, with 12 storeys at its peak, but it will feature a number of striking, descending terraces that bring the building down to 6 storeys at 3rd Ave. There will be 226 market units, but the building will also contain 30 secured, non-market rental units that are specifically intended for low-income artists. The market units will contain 58 2-bedroom, 145 1-bedroom, and 23 studio units, while the non-market rentals will contain 8 2-bedroom, 8 1-bedroom, and 13 studio units. The building will have 297 parking spaces, as well as bicycle parking. The building will contain 11,850 sq ft of commercial retail space.

Second + Main, image via rancl Architecture and dys Architecture.

Second + Main will target LEED Gold, and will have an array of amenities, including a rooftop terrace lounge, two rooftop community kitchens, shared urban gardens, vegetation on multiple terraces, a fitness room, lounge room with full kitchen, and bike wash and repair room. Additionally, every unit will contain a multi-use storage room, and customizable, modular storage systems.

Second + Main, image via rancl Architecture and dys Architecture.

As part of the non-market rentals targeted toward artists, the building will feature 3,500 sq ft of artist production space. An additional public amenity will be a large public plaza easily accessible to pedestrians. The building is at the intersection of two bus lines, and is a 550 metre walk from the Main Street-Science World Skytrain Station. The project is also 500 metres from the Mt. Pleasant Community Centre.

Interior at Second + Main, image via rancl Architecture and dys Architecture.

Additional information along with renderings of the tower can be found in our database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.

Related Companies:  Create Properties, Francl Architecture