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Will change finally come to Shaughnessy? Four-storey rental building proposed

Just blocks from where a rental townhouse project in Shaughnessy was rejected last summer in a widely criticized decision, a rezoning application has been filed for an “affordable” market rental building at West 32nd and Granville Street.

The proposed building is designed by Stuart Howard Architects — the same firm that designed the rejected proposal a few blocks away. Despite the city’s desire for more rental housing, particularly in pricey areas like Vancouver’s west side, the project was strongly opposed by the operators of an end-of-life hospice next door. The owners of the property now plan to build a 12,000 sq ft. mansion instead.

The proposed building at West 32nd and Granville will be four storeys, and include 81 market rental housing units over 70 underground vehicle parking spaces and 154 bicycle parking spaces. 

Shaughnessy market rental West 32nd frontage
Rendering of 1494 W 32nd Ave.+ 4750 Granville St. rezoning proposal. Credit: Stuart Howard Architects Inc.
Shaughnessy market rental laneway frontage
Rendering of 1494 W 32nd Ave.+ 4750 Granville St. rezoning proposal. Credit: Stuart Howard Architects Inc.
Shaughnessy market rental Granville frontage
Rendering of 1494 W 32nd Ave.+ 4750 Granville St. rezoning proposal. Credit: Stuart Howard Architects Inc.
Shaughnessy market rental location
Location of 1494 W 32nd Ave.+ 4750 Granville St. rezoning proposal. Credit: Stuart Howard Architects Inc.

The property is currently occupied by a single-family home, and like most properties with frontage on Granville Street, is hidden from the busy roadway by a large hedge.

The rezoning application is being made under the city’s Affordable Housing Choices Interim Rezoning Policy.

A community open house will be held from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on March 5, 2020 at the Van Dusen Botanical Garden (Peggy Gunn Woodland Hall B), 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver.

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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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