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The Independent in Mount Pleasant a kaleidoscope of textures and colours

Nesters Market opens at The Independent Wednesday, June 19 2019

Rize Alliance’s ambitious development, The Independent, in Mount Pleasant is nearly complete.

The 21-storey development at East Broadway and Kingsway includes 258 residential units, retail including a Nesters Market grocery store, and office space.

The Nesters Market is scheduled to open Wednesday, June 19 at noon. A Starbucks coffee shop and Freshii are already open on the East Broadway side.

A variety of materials make up the building fa├žade, including extensive brick work in a variety of colours and patterns, public art in the laneway, and wood veneer panels on the tower.

Acton Ostry Architects Inc., describes the architecture of The Independent as follows: “The project reinterprets, celebrates and reflects various aspects of the Mount Pleasant context, street life, materiality and colour through a bricolage of jumbled effects inspired by the diverse range of buildings from different periods and styles that are located throughout the neighbourhood.”

A large courtyard is situated on the podium rooftop and features diagonal pathways and landscaped seating areas, surrounded by townhomes with colourful balcony railings and varied brickwork. 

Photos: The Independent at East Broadway and Kingsway

The Independent view
View from East Broadway and Kingsway intersection.
Residential entrance on East 10th
Residential entrance on East 10th.
East 10th
East 10th sidewalk.
Angular building form
Angular building form at East 10th and Kingsway intersection.
Looking skyward
Looking skyward.
East 10th sidewalk
East 10th sidewalk.
Separated bike lane on East 10th
Separated bike lane on East 10th.
Bench seating
Bench seating.
Bike repair station
Bike repair station.
Poster board
Posters play tribute to Vancouver musicians and venues.
Entrance
Residential entrance and water feature.
The Independent courtyard photo
The Independent courtyard. Credit: Acton Ostry
The Independent courtyard photo
The Independent courtyard. Credit: Acton Ostry
The Independent courtyard photo
The Independent courtyard. Credit: Acton Ostry
Brick work
Brick work on the East Broadway retail frontage.
Brick work
Brick work on Kingsway.
Integrated seating
Integrated seating.
Benches
Integrated bench seating.
Parkade entrance
Graffiti detail on parkade entrance.
Laneway view
Laneway view.
Nesters Market entrance
Entrance to Nesters Market.
Stairwell
Stairwell access, graffiti wall and brick work.
Retail
Nesters Market and retailers including Starbucks and Freshii.
The Independent view
View from East Broadway and Kingsway intersection.

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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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