Four months since our last update, and progress at 305 West 41st Avenue has moved ahead significantly. Cladding now appears across the bulk of the 6-storey mid-rise residential block, which will incorporate (at least in part) several key architectural aspects of the 1949-built Oakridge United Church that the present development has replaced.
Indeed, following a great deal of local opposition to the church's demolition last year, a handful of heritage elements will be either directly salvaged, or otherwise incorporated into the new worship space that has been built into the south-east corner. This space will include the sanctuary, offices, conference rooms, two fellowship halls, a cafe, and a kitchen.
Several stained glass windows, originals pews, pulpits, and lighting, will be re-used in the new 6,100 sq.-ft. church, along with a handful of re-purposed timbers from the original ceiling. Though by no means a perfect solution, the new worship space will at the very least go some way towards incorporating the new development into the Oakridge community.
As for the residential portion, 305 West 41st Avenue will feature 49 suites, with room enough for up to 70 residents. Well-situated adjacent to a SkyTrain station, and within easy walking distance to numerous shops, restaurants, and cafes, the project will likely be a popular address for years to come.
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.