Community Outreach July 23 on Rize proposal (22-storey tower)

Rize 22 storeys preview
Please come join us at a letter-writing and project planning session for all Mount Pleasant residents and other stakeholders at St Patrick’s Church.

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM (2881 Main Street)
Venue: St Patrick’s Church, corner of Main Street and 13th Avenue
Refreshments and drinks provided

This  City of Vancouver and the developers held an Open House on July 17th and showed the latest incarnation of the Rize-Alliance Kingsway Properties tower proposal for the block bounded by Broadway, Kingsway, 10th Avenue, and Watson Street. RAMP will be presenting an analysis of their updated plans.

The now proposed 22-storey tower (up from the approved 19) would have 336 condo units (up from the approved 241) and 387 parking spaces (up from the approved 320*).

Little about the Rize does not go up!

The project had been scheduled to go before the Development Permit Board on September 23rd (now postponed by the City of Vancouver), reportedly as a condition of the rezoning.  The rezoning itself has not yet been enacted into law despite the 15 months that has lapsed since Council’s vote to approve the project in April 2012. The development cannot be built without an enactment of the CD-1 bylaw, hence Rize must go back to Council again for final approval. Find out how you can have your say and how this project still fails to fit with the community plan, let alone with City Council’s direction.

Public speakers will be heard at a future Development Permit Board. Request to speak by sending an email to lorna.harvey@vancouver.ca. City staff are in the process of writing a report. Public comments for inclusion in this report can be submitted in writing before 4:30pm on August 9th (Friday) by sending an email to lisa.king@vancouver.ca and lorna.harvey@vancouver.ca.

The City’s website has additional information on this proposal: http://former.vancouver.ca/devapps/285e10th/index.htm. City staff have only provided a limited amount of information online; as of this writing (July 22) do not have any floor plans or sections available for the proposed building redesign.

Please note that the address for the Rize site is now officially 285 East 10th Avenue (formerly 228-246 East Broadway & 180 Kingsway) in what seems a pattern of confusing mid-course address changes.

The website CityHallWatch has an article with additional analysis on the Rize update. Please see: Rize adds 95 condo units to 241 in updated 22-storey tower scheme, Open House July 17th

Meanwhile, the members of the Mount Pleasant community are continuing to create a different plan for this site and others with the help of RAMP Director and Urbanist Lewis Villegas.  There is an alternate option for accommodating growth in Mount Pleasant, all within low and mid-rise forms that ensure livability and affordability.

Come on out on Tuesday evening, even if just for a few minutes, and hear what’s going on.

Note: *320 parking spaces were stated in the final staff report. 289 parking spaces also appeared in the submission (as there was slight variation in the number of parking during rezoning process)

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