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Infill to add 11 new homes behind Burnaby St. apartment tower

City working to encourage more laneway infill, mostly rental, but strata permitted behind heritage homes

Behind many buildings in Vancouver’s West End is untapped potential — enough room for an infill building that could increase the popular neighbourhood’s rental stock.

Through the West End Community Plan, the City of Vancouver is encouraging the development of up to 1,000 new rental units along the neighbourhood’s laneways, something called Laneways 2.0.

One of the first projects to be completed is on the laneway south of the 1500-block of Nelson Street, called Henshaw Lane, where a three-storey, four-unit infill building was completed in 2018.

Laneway rental apartments in Vancouver’s West End, located at the rear of 1546 Nelson Street.

Now, a similar development application has surfaced for the land behind the Newport Apartments at 1176 Burnaby Street.

Stuart Howard Architects Inc. has designed a five-storey infill building with 11 secured market rental units.

The new building will front onto Maxine Lane, the name of the laneway that runs parallel to Burnaby Street. The development will also add a new covered outdoor amenity area between the infill building and the existing apartment tower.

Photos and renderings: West End infill 

1188 Burnaby Street development application
Development application sign outside 1188 Burnaby Street in Vancouver’s West End.
Newport Apartments
The existing rental apartment tower “Newport Apartments” on Burnaby Street in Vancouver’s West End.
1188 Burnaby Street
Looking up at the existing apartment tower.
1188 Burnaby Street rendering
Rendering of infill building on Maxine Lane, south of Burnaby Street. Credit: Stuart Howard Architects Inc.
1188 Burnaby Street rendering
Rendering of infill building on Maxine Lane, south of Burnaby Street. Credit: Stuart Howard Architects Inc.
1188 Burnaby Street rendering
Rendering of infill building on Maxine Lane, south of Burnaby Street. Credit: Stuart Howard Architects Inc.

The unit mix will be as follows:

  • 5 studios/one-bedroom
  • six two-bedroom

No additional parking will be added as a result of the development.

City of Vancouver infill guidelines for the West End

The city’s West End Community Plan offers the following guidelines for laneway infill:

• Maintain the character of the four residential neighbourhoods while providing additional opportunities for new laneway infill rental housing, particularly for families with children.

• Encourage the retention of houses by allowing strata-titled infill housing along the laneways. (Strata-titled infill housing will only be allowed for the retention and designation of heritage houses)

• Maintain a primarily six storey height limit.

• Maintain the existing RM zoning regulations and the mid-rise and high-rise tower separation guidelines (see West End RM Guidelines).

• Laneway infill housing will be permitted where site conditions allow and only on sites constructed pre-1975.

Laneway infill West End
Conceptual illustration of the laneway between Barclay and Haro Streets at Cardero Street, looking northwest, showing potential Laneways 2.0 infill rental housing and public realm enhancements. Credit: City of 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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