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Triplex on East 8th example of ‘gentle density’

A three-unit, strata-titled development proposal on East 8th Avenue near Nanaimo Street is a prime example of the gentle densification that Vancouver is striving to achieve in single-family neighbourhoods.

The design, by Vancouver’s Architrix Design Studio Inc., will see a 1940s-era single-family home demolished to make way for a new building containing three stacked townhouses.

The exterior material used will be wood shingle siding, meant to be sensitive to the neighbouring character homes, some of which were built in the Craftsman style.

All units will have outdoor space, including a rooftop deck, large patio and private outdoor space, depending on the unit. Three surface parking stalls will be located at the rear of the building.

Rendering of open spaces at rear of building
Rendering of open spaces at rear of building. Credit: Architrix Design Studio Inc. via City of Vancouver
Rendering of rear façade of proposed new development
Rendering of rear façade of proposed new development. Credit: Architrix Design Studio Inc. via City of Vancouver

The development site is zoned RM-8A and is part of the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood plan, which allows for densification of single-family lots.

The existing home on the site has an interesting sold history. According to BC Assessment, it was last sold in 2020 for $1.44 million, a drop from the $1.8 million sale price when it traded hands in 2017.

Jun 18, 2020$1,440,000
Jul 6, 2017$1,800,000
BC Assessment data, Dec. 13, 2020
Single-family home on development site which will be demolished
Single-family home on development site which will be demolished. Credit: Google Maps

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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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