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Davie Street evolution: New towers transform West End

New Davie Street apartments for rent
New Safeway entrance.

If you haven’t been on Davie Street near English Bay in a while, be prepared for an impressive transformation.

Where a Safeway store and rundown strip of retail once stood is now the location of three new rental apartment towers, one by Reliance Properties and two by Westbank.

The Safeway grocery store is coming back too, as well as a Scotiabank branch and a BC Liquor Store that was previously on the block.

The Reliance tower, known as 1188 Bidwell, includes 108 rental apartments in a 22-storey tower. The building includes a rooftop “skydeck” for residents, and ground floor retail spaces. The project is move-in ready and rents for apartments start in the mid $2,000s.

Next door, Westbank and Crombie REIT are nearing completion on a two-tower rental apartment development. The two rental towers include 330 units and a 44,000 sq ft. Safeway store. The estimated project cost is $180 million. Completion should be later this year.

Photos: Lower Davie gets makeover

Looking up Davie Street from Denman Street.
Looking up Davie.
Davie and Bidwell.
Bidwell Street frontage of Reliance tower.
Apartments available to rent.
Entrance of 1188 Bidwell apartment tower.
Reliance rental apartment tower.
Retail space in the Reliance project.
Looking up Davie.
Looking up Davie.
The retail space includes a Scotiabank branch.
New Reliance rental apartment tower.
New Safeway entrance.
New Westbank rental apartment tower.
New Westbank rental apartment tower.
Davie Street looking towards English Bay.
Westbank rental tower.
New Safeway entrance.

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