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Former ‘Model Express’ on Hastings to be redeveloped into rentals

A shuttered, former shoe store on West Hastings near Abbott will soon be redeveloped into a 10-storey, secured market rental building with a slender profile.

Gair Williamson Architects designed the new building, which will include 32 secured market rental units, a rooftop amenity space and ground floor retail.

West Hastings Streetscape - Looking North
Development site at 55 West Hastings, the former Model Express store. Credit: Gair Williamson Architects

The slender building will have an internal lightwell to ensure natural light to the second bedrooms of the two-bedroom units, which make up 50 per cent of the overall unit count — double the requirement of 25 per cent.

The exterior of the building will have a copper-coloured façade, meant to acknowledge the contemporary nature of the development, while paying tribute to the surrounding older buildings. Windows and the metal panel lane façade treatment will be a light, cool, grey colour.

Rendering of 55 West Hastings, looking west. Credit: Gair Williamson Architects

The building’s lobby will include a wall mural of Downtown Vancouver, highlighted and enlarged, indicating locations of key attractions, including parks, libraries, school, shops and restaurants.

The proposed redevelopment is the fourth consecutive project in a quartet of developments on the block, designed by Gair Williamson Architects, which include a 10-storey rental building adjacent to the west, 388 Abbott/95 West Hastings (Development Permit approved), and two completed market residential buildings adjacent to the east, the Paris Block and Paris Annex.

55 West Hastings rendering
Rendering of future building at 388 Abbott/95 West Hastings, also designed by Gair Williamson Architects. Credit: Gair Williamson Architects
Subject site at 55 West Hastings
Subject site at 55 West Hastings. Woodwards is pictured to the left. Credit: Gair Williamson Architects

The development is also on the same block as the former Army and Navy department store, which will be redeveloped in a partnership between the Cohen Family and Bosa Properties. The forthcoming Cohen Block will consist of purpose-built rental, retail and office space, and community amenities.

The Cohen Block site context
Site context and future location of The Cohen Block. Credit: Bosa Properties/Army & Navy Properties

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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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