Open House for 21-storey Rize proposal on Monday, April 14th

Rize April 14 renderings

The City of Vancouver is holding a public Open House to receive feedback on a revised design of the proposed Rize development at Kingsway and Broadway. The notification letter from the City advertises the Open House for the following date and venue:

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014, between 4:30 pm and  7:30pm
Location: St. Patrick’s Church, 2881 Main Street (at 13th Avenue)

As well, the City has set a May 5, 2014 deadline for written comments to be considered in an upcoming staff report.

Key differences between the proposal and the one that went before Council two years ago include the following:

  • 21-storey tower (up from 19-storeys, the maximum in the Council report)
  • 399 parking spaces (up from 320 parking spaces)
  • 258 condo units (up from 241 units)
  • no food co-op retail space

Mayor Robertson mentioned the planned (and now removed) food co-op when he supported the Rize project (the initial rezoning passed with a 9-1 vote). However, since that time the spot zoning bylaw changes have not been enacted, nor has the final form of development been approved by City Council.

What’s RAMP’s position?

RAMP believes that the changes made in the new Rize design are so extensive that the entire project must go back to City Council for a new Public Hearing.  It is particularly important to remember that the Mount Pleasant Community Plan allows for no additional density on this site more than the existing zoning.  The Plan also calls for an “iconic (landmark) building.”

Pedestrian safety, cyclist safety, traffic concerns, noise, trolley bus access on East 10th Avenue, shadowing, views, an underground stream on the site, impacts on neighbouring buildings, and precedents for the scale of future developments are important issues that need to be examined and addressed.

The changes in the number of storeys and the increase in the overall unit count are a couple of the reasons why this proposal should go back to Council for review. Only Council has the authority to allocate additional Community Amenity Contributions (CACs). There has been no news about the City’s planned allocation of the CACs over the past two years.

The City of Vancouver website has additional plans and drawings on their website. Comments on the proposed development should be sent to Lisa King via email at lisa.king@vancouver.ca (tel: 604.871.6036) and to lorna.harvey@vancouver.ca before May 5, 2014 for consideration for inclusion in the staff report. The Development Permit Board is planning to hear from public speakers on June 30, 2014.

The original project details are up on the rezoning website while the Public hearing documents are contained in the Council meetings pages (see links here and here). You may also wish to contact mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca to share any of your concerns about the new Rize proposal.

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