The site of Vancouver’s Masonic Temple has been cleared at 1495 West 8th Avenue to make room for a new mixed-use development consisting of an apartment tower and a new Temple building. Designed by SHAPE Architecture, on behalf of Vancouver Masonic Centre Association, the complex will replace the original brutalist concrete block Temple built in 1973.
The 18-storey apartment tower will be built in partnership with BC Housing and will consist of 159 secured rental units, with a mix of market and non-market rent apartments split between 65 studio, 51 one-, and 43 two-bedroom units. Residential amenities will include two indoor amenity rooms as well as an outdoor terrace on Level 5 with a children's play area and opportunities for urban agriculture.
The Masonic Temple will be housed in a 4-storey podium fronting 7th Avenue. There will be a spacious a lobby, a restaurant, and a lounge on the first floor. The second level will be primarily used by the Vancouver Masonic Centre for ceremonial purposes while the third level will house a library, office spaces, and storage areas. The fourth floor will have an event space and a large outdoor terrace.
The building will contain 2.5 levels of underground parking, with 104 car and over 200 bicycle parking spaces. The site features an impressive 92 point WalkScore and is within a short walk of several bus routes as well as the future Broadway Skytrain extension. It is also within close proximity to several parks, including the Arbutus Greenway, a public library, and the restaurants and shops of Broadway and Granville Streets.
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