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Georgian Towers rental apartments to be demolished, replaced with 49-storey rental and condo tower

Wesgroup Properties and Yamamoto Architecture have released preliminary plans for the redevelopment of the Georgian Towers apartment complex at 1450 West Georgia Street and Nicola.

The 21-storey apartment tower is 60 years old, and nearing the end of its natural life cycle.

The redevelopment will see a 49-storey, mixed rental and strata condominium tower built in its place.

1450 West Georgia Street tower day
1450 West Georgia tower rendering, daytime. Credit: Adessa Visuals
1450 West Georgia Street tower plaza
Plaza rendering. Credit: Adessa Visuals
1450 West Georgia Street tower night
1450 West Georgia tower rendering, night. Credit: Adessa Visuals

The new building will contain 162 rental units, ranging from studios up to three bedrooms, as well as 187 market condominiums, ranging from one to three bedroom units.

All of the existing rental units in the Georgian Towers will be replaced on a 1:1 basis, and existing tenants will be offered relocation assistance. Wesgroup says rents in the tower are already at or above market rates.

There will be approximately 3,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

Nicola St elevation
Tower rendering. Credit: Wesgroup
West Georgia St elevation
Tower rendering. Credit: Wesgroup
1450 West Georgia tower rendering
Preliminary renderings of tower and plaza.
1450 West Georgia landscaping
Landscape inspiration.
Georgian Towers rental apartment
Existing Georgian Towers rental apartment building, which will soon be demolished to make way for redevelopment.

Design highlights include a plaza with seating, lush vegetation and a water feature. The second floor rooftop of the retail podium will feature amenities including an outdoor yoga studio, communal seating area, tables and chairs and artificial turf.

On 21st floor, amenities will include an outdoor fire table with seating, BBQ, and communal dining table.

There will be 300 underground parking spaces, all with EV charging capability.

Wesgroup hopes to have a decision from council in fall 2019, with a planned construction start date in 2021.

The surrounding blocks are a hotbed of tower proposals, most of them luxury condominiums.

Upcoming developments nearby include Alberni by Kuma1444 AlberniWhite Spot/Aspac and a shelved tower proposal from Brilliant Circle.

Coal Harbour tower proposals
Nearby tower proposals.


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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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