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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Last remaining gas station in downtown Vancouver also for sale

Vancouverites driving downtown will want make sure they’ve got enough fuel in the tank now that there’s only one gas station left on the entire downtown peninsula.

Chevron West Georgia closed
The Chevron on West Georgia Street closed at the end of March after the site was sold to Anthem Properties for $72 million.

One of the last two remaining gas stations hastily shut down late last month. The Chevron on West Georgia Street in Coal Harbour was purchased by Anthem Properties for $72 million, according to Business in Vancouver.

Chevron said despite the location being one of the company’s highest-performing gas stations in B.C., the company made the decision last year to put the property on the market.

It’s expected Anthem will propose a high-end residential tower on the site, which is near several other luxury condominium proposals, including Cardero by Bosa Properties, Alberni by Kengo Kuma (Westbank), and a striking glass Flat Iron proposal.

But if drivers thought having only one gas station left downtown – the Esso at the corner of Davie and Burrard – was annoying, they might want to brace themselves, because it’s for sale as well.

Esso Davie and Burrard
The Esso station at Davie and Burrard, the last remaining gas station in downtown Vancouver, is for sale and expected to be redeveloped.

Colliers International is advertising the property as an ideal high-density, mixed-use site, ripe for redevelopment.

The listing says the site allows a building height of up to 300 feet, and rezoning applications to increase density can be considered. The Esso station was put on the block as part of a package of five different gas stations (four in Vancouver, one in North Vancouver). 

It’s not known if the site has sold already, but the listing is still active on Colliers website. 

It appears downtown residents, office workers and commuters may soon be forced to cross a bridge to fuel up. The closest gas stations are located at West 4th and Burrard Street, as well as East 2nd and Main Street. In Vancouver’s red-hot property market, who knows how much longer they will last.

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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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  1. This is all because the city hall is up for sale For the highest bidder. There used to be a time where city planners allocated land for residential vs commerical/industrial. These days, just donate to Vision Vancouver and Mayor Robertson and you could literally build anything you want, anywhere in the city regardless of its impact on residents. All that matters is politicians and how much developers pay them! People please vote next municipal electjon, VOTE VISION OUT!

      • WTF! Why? Because I live and work in downtown, and many times come over from North Shore visiting family and used to get gas across the bridge at Chevron, otherwise, you need to drive for 20-30mins more until you can get gas. Yeah, people STILL drive downtown, have a kid or family, you have no choice!

        This is all a money grab by greedy developers. There used to be a time when city had a planning department designating areas for commercial, residential, etc… based on the city needs. These days, City hall SELLS rezoning to the highest bidder REGARDLESS of city needs! it’s outrageous…

          • Yeah exactly! I mean what do they propose to someone living downtown? Drive 20-30mins back and forth across a bridge JUST TO GET GAS! How’s that green? How much extra traffic, pollution and time is wasted for a trip just to get gas! CRAZY!

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