Rental apartments proposed for irregularly shaped East Vancouver site

Rendering of an upcoming four-storey rental apartment building at Rupert Street and East 29th Avenue. Credit: Matthew Cheng Architect Inc./City of Vancouver

A four-storey rental complex is proposed for an oddly-shaped lot bound by Rupert Street, East 29th Avenue and Price Street.

The new development will include three retail units on Rupert Street and 42 secured market rental residential units, four of which will be “live-work” units fronting onto East 29th Avenue. There will be two separate buildings.

The rezoning application includes some interesting information about how the proposal came to be.

The development has been in the works since 2013, but the property was divided by an abandoned utility property of 20′, owned by Metro Vancouver.

The city didn’t support development under the Rental 100 program on two separate parcels, and suggested the abandoned utility property be purchased by the developer, which they successfully did a year later.

At an open house in 2017, a neighbour raised concerns about the height and density of the proposal.

The rezoning document goes into more detail about what happened next (albeit with several grammatical errors and spelling mistakes):

“Finally at June 28, 2017 an open house was held by owner to hear public feedback on the priliminary proposal on the development. The nieghbour (sic) at 3309 Price St. wasn’t happy from the development, and other neighbours asked for less density and height, in other side there were some comments that neighbours supported a new development on the empty land lying there for years After open house upon an agreement the developer purchased the property at 3309 Price street. and City asked for more setbacks to accomodate neighbours request for less density and height.”

That’s one way to silence an unhappy neighbour.

An open house for the project will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Slocan Community Hall, located at 2750 East 29th Avenue. The architect is Matthew Cheng Architect Inc.

Rendering of an upcoming four-storey rental apartment building at Rupert Street and East 29th Avenue. Credit: Matthew Cheng Architect Inc./City of Vancouver
Site of proposed rental apartment building. Credit: Matthew Cheng Architect Inc./City of Vancouver