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Cassis 11-storey tower slated for Broadway and Arbutus

Bastion Development is proposing an 11-storey tower called Cassis at West Broadway and Arbutus, across from a future SkyTrain station.

The tower, designed by Francl Architecture, will include:

  • 79 units, including five, two-storey townhouses
  • retail space on the ground floor
  • two levels of underground parking with 120 stalls, and EV charging stations

The project site is currently occupied by a Shell gas station and is across the street from the future transit exchange where SkyTrain riders will board buses to continue west towards UBC as part of the Broadway/Millennium Line extension.

Intersection of West Broadway and Arbutus
Intersection of West Broadway and Arbutus. Credit: Francl Architecture Inc.
Cassis tower looking east on Broadway
Cassis tower looking east on Broadway. Credit: Francl Architecture Inc.
Cassis residential entrance
Residential entrance. Credit: Francl Architecture Inc.
Rooftop amenity area
Rooftop amenity area. Credit: Francl Architecture Inc.
Project context
Project context showing location across from future transit exchange for the SkyTrain extension to Arbutus. Credit: Francl Architecture Inc.

Francl Architecture describes the design rationale as follows:

The architectural character of the proposed building reflects a clean, contemporary design vocabulary utilizing a combination of light/dark cut stone cladding and complementary glass panel spandrel window walls.

Residents will have access to a two-storey indoor amenity and over 6,600 square feet of exterior amenity space on the second floor. A workshop room will also be provided.

The development application for Cassis is being made in conjunction with a smaller project, also by Bastion Development, at 2106 West 8th Avenue. That building will be a small, three-storey townhouse development with five units, with parking located under the main tower.

Townhouse building
Townhouse building. Credit: Francl Architecture Inc.
Townhouse streetscape
Townhouse streetscape. Credit: Francl Architecture Inc.

The Cassis tower is likely the first of a wave of new residential towers proposed along the SkyTrain extension west to Arbutus. The project includes six new underground stations, including an interim terminus station at Arbutus Street. 

Map of Broadway SkyTrain extension
Map of Broadway SkyTrain extension. Credit: Province of British Columbia

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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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