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Strand unveils mixed-use Prior Street project next to new St. Paul’s

Strand Development is preparing a rezoning application for a mixed-use rental, office and retail development adjacent to the new St. Paul’s Hospital on the False Creek Flats, and new renderings are now available.

The developer held a virtual open house on Thursday at www.456priorstreet.com.

The proposed development at 456 and 496 Prior Street will include approximately 264 new rental units, including 10 artist live/work units, in two towers of 18 and 19 storeys. The podium will include office space, including medical office space and possibly laboratory space, taking advantage of the development’s location adjacent to the new St. Paul’s Hospital. 

Renderings: Strand mixed-use project on Prior Street

Rendering of Strand's upcoming mixed-use project at 456 and 496 Prior Street
Rendering of Strand’s upcoming mixed-use project at 456 and 496 Prior Street. Credit: Strand Development/Francl Architecture Inc.
Design concept - view looking west
Design concept – view looking west. Credit: Francl Architecture
Courtyard rendering
Courtyard rendering. Credit: Francl Architecture
Design concept - bird's eye view
Design concept – bird’s eye view. Credit: Francl Architecture

It will target employee housing and medical offices for the thousands of new staff at St. Paul’s, and related businesses.

Aerial looking north
Aerial of new St. Paul’s Hospital, looking north. Credit: Providence Health Care

A public courtyard mews lined with approximately 16,000 square feet of retail will connect the new St. Paul’s Hospital with the Strathcona neighbourhood. As a public benefit, there are plans for a 10,000 square foot cultural amenity space on the ground floor, with approximately half of the space contributed by the developer and the other half subject to government funding.

Site plan
Site plan. Credit: Francl Architecture

The total commercial area is approximately 268,500 square feet, and the residential area measures 222,000 square feet.

Strand President Mike Mackay says the new St. Paul’s health campus will transform the neighbourhood, and have positive benefits for residents and businesses.

“The new St. Paul’s will help establish Vancouver as medical and innovation tech centre in North America, and it will be an opportunity for neighbourhood-serving businesses to benefit by the additional body heat in the area,” he says.

Strand Prior site
Site of Strand’s upcoming mixed-use project at 456 and 496 Prior Street. Credit: Strand Development
Context in relation to St. Pauls Hospital
Context in relation to St. Pauls Hospital. Credit: Francl Architecture

“St. Paul’s is going to be a real hub and the gravitational centre of the city is going to continue to be pulled eastward,” he says. “It will also generate a lot of benefits for the community in terms of accessibility to healthcare,” adds Mackay.

Strand is working Francl Architecture on the design of the project. They hope to submit a rezoning application in June 2021, after the proposal is refined following feedback from the open house.

“We are developing this in a way that’s sensitive to the existing residents and Strathcona and Chinatown — we feel like we have achieved that with the current design and look forward to working with the neighbourhood on any refinements to the design,” says Mackay.

The development will have a total of 465 parking stalls and 677 bicycle parking spaces. The site is designated as mixed-use with residential under the False Creek Flats plan.

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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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