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Next stop: Railtown Station

PortLiving plans seven-storey building on Alexander Street

A seven-storey light manufacturing and office building is planned by PortLiving for a triangular site in Railtown.

The site, at Alexander and Heatley, was originally home to Vancouver’s first train station. With that as inspiration, the new building’s ground floor is designed as a “modern interpretation” of a train station platform by Formosis Architecture.

The development is tentatively called Railtown Station.

Railtown Station entrance
Railtown Station. Credit: Formosis Architecture
Railtown Station tracks
Building in relation to rail tracks. Credit: Formosis Architecture
Railtown Station rendering
Building entrance. Credit: Formosis Architecture

The south façade of the building will be clad in a rectangular, metal panel system, with a shifting effect that appears to be random, but is very much ordered.

There will be three levels of underground parking with 56 stalls.

The development has been marketed by Avison Young — although the design in the video has been further refined.

The development is around the corner from ‘The Maker Exchange’, an upcoming seven-storey, mixed-use building at 450-494 Railway Street by Rendition Developments.

Railtown Maker Exchange
Rendering of the Maker Exchange in Railtown by Rendition Developments. Credit: Rendition Developments

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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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