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Student housing tower planned at Oakridge

Three single family lots located one block from Cambie Street will soon be replaced by an 18-storey student housing tower.

CIBT Education Group Inc. and its accommodation brand — GEC — are behind plans for the 100 per cent rental tower, which will be marketed towards students looking to live off-campus.

CIBT also plans to develop a 55-storey student housing tower in Surrey, known as the GEC Education Mega Centre.

441-475 West 42nd Avenue tower renderings
Tower renderings. Credit: Urban Solutions Architecture
Site context
Site context. Credit: Urban Solutions Architecture

The tower at Oakridge will have 124 rental units, including 46 four bedroom and den units. Twenty per cent of the units will be below market.

There will be 39 parking spaces and four car-share parking spaces, as well as 291 bicycle parking spaces.

Although the proposed tower is one block off Cambie Street, in a predominately single family neighbourhood, the city’s Cambie Corridor Plan will usher in a major transformation of the neighbourhood.

As you can see in the plans below, the surrounding single family lots can be assembled into locations for towers. Townhouses are permitted to the east of Columbia Park on West 42nd Ave.

Cambie Corridor plans
Cambie Corridor Plan showing towers, lowrises and townhouses throughout neighbourhood. Credit: Urban Solutions Architecture

Residents at the upcoming tower will have access to a children’s play area, outdoor seating, patio space and pergola on level five, and there will also be an indoor/outdoor amenity and fitness area on level 19.

Architecture is by Urban Solutions Architecture.

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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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