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Six-storey medical office to replace condemned Chinatown building

A six-storey building is proposed for East Pender Street in Chinatown, to replace a one-storey, condemned former retail space.

DLP Architecture has designed the new building to fit in with the neighbourhood’s Chinatown HA-1 design guidelines.

The architect says the entirety of the new building is to function as a medical office space on various levels “including, but not limited to, radiology, audiology, and general practice.”

SE ground floor entry
Southeast ground floor entry. Credit: DLP Architecture inc.
Rendered perspective looking south west.
Rendered perspective looking south west. Credit: DLP Architecture inc.

Architect Lucio Picciano of DLP Architecture says in the project’s design rationale: “We feel this project has the potential to set a precedent for smaller developments by showing we can achieve a high performing office building that is both contemporary in detail and contextually appropriate in form.”

A parking relaxation is being sought due to the building’s small 25′ lot, with bike parking provided in lieu.

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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