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7/11 at Drake & Granville makes way for rentals

The 7/11 at Drake and Granville will soon make way for a six-storey rental development.

GBL Architects has designed a stacked, six-storey building with 29 residential units and ground floor retail. Parking will be minimal, consisting of three at-grade spaces accessed from the laneway.

The new residential entry will be located on Drake Street.

Granville and Drake redevelopment
Rendering of lobby entrance off Drake Street. Credit: GBL Architects

The units consist of junior one bedroom units, regular one bedroom units, and larger two bedroom units.

There will be two amenity spaces for residents, on the ground and top floors. The top floor amenity space will open to a large, outdoor, south-facing amenity area.

Granville and Drake redevelopment
Rendering of new building at Granville and Drake in downtown Vancouver. Credit: GBL Architects

The architects describe the exterior expression as follows:

The material palette for the building has been developed in harmony with the existing neighbourhood with a façade treatment that respects the massing, scale and quality of the existing heritage structures. A modern interpretation of the punched brick has been applied, with a familiar façade articulation subverted through a more contemporary use of colour, window staggering, and balcony application. The brick faces dissolve at various locations around the building form, diffusing the edges of the roofline and residential base, to further lighten the visual perception of the overall building mass.

The project will go before the Development Permit Board on Monday, August 17, 2020.

The existing building was built in 1889, and was last listed for $8 million before selling in February 2019.

7/11 Granville and Drake
Existing building.
7/11 Granville and Drake
Rear of existing building.

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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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