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Cambie Gardens: Onni plans to add more rental housing

Onni Group is seeking permission from the City of Vancouver to increase building heights at its Cambie Gardens site, to allow for additional market rental and moderate income housing.

The proposed amendment will add 265,334 sq. ft. of additional rental housing floor area, including 65,265 sq. ft. of moderate income housing units.

Overview of additional density
Overview of additional density. Credit: IBI Group
Cambie Gardens aerial rendering
Cambie Gardens aerial rendering. Credit: IBI Group

It will allow Onni to replace two market strata buildings from the original master plan with two rental buildings in phase one to ensure “the timely delivery of rental units.” The rental buildings will include 25 per cent below-market units. It’s not known if market conditions are behind the plans which will see the market housing delivered sooner than expected.

As a result of the additional rental floor area, Onni is requesting additional market housing density across the site, resulting in some increases to building heights. The tallest tower at Cambie Gardens will be 35-storeys and will be located near a future Canada Line station at West 57th Avenue and Cambie Street.

Cambie and West 59th 3D renderings
Cambie and West 59th 3D renderings. Credit: IBI Group

Onni says the proposed rezoning amendment will not impact plans for an on-site childcare centre, or result in any additional parking stalls. The architects are IBI Group.

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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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