Nearly two years since we last reported on the 33 West Cordova Street redevelopment project in Gastown, and crews have now begun upon preparatory demolition work ahead of the historic block's reconstruction and expansion. A joint effort between Westbank and BC Housing, the Henriquez Partners Architects-designed redevelopment will see the retention and restoration of the historic facades alongside the addition of several floors of residential housing. 

33 West Cordova Street Redevelopment, demolition underway, image by Forum contributor Roundabout

Before the restoration and expansion work can begin, however, select portions of the existing structure must be cleared away in order to allow for further construction. Windows will be removed, bricks cleaned, and decorative work restored, all while construction commences upon the aforementioned additions. 

33 West Cordova Street Redevelopment, demolition rear view, image by Forum contributor Roundabout

In total, three storeys will be added to one block, while seven will be added to another, the complex to top out at ten storeys. The redeveloped 33 West Cordova Street will encompass 114,000 sq. ft. of residential space spread across 142 units (80 social; 62 market rental). 

33 West Cordova Street Redevelopment, as it will appear upon completion, image via City of Vancouver

The historic lower portions of the original structures will be preserved and restored, the fine grain retail that long existed here to be refurbished and repurposed as modern commercial space. Once complete, the project will be a fine addition to Vancouver's historic Gastown district, offering a nice balance of heritage retention, adaptive re-use, and gentle density.  

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.