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28-storey Vancouver rental building proposed for Denny’s site

IBI Group Architects has filed a rezoning application on behalf of Jameson Development Corp. to build a 28-storey rental building in Vancouver’s South Granville neighbourhood, at Broadway and Birch Street. An open house about the project, which is envisioned for 2538 Birch St. — formerly 1296 West Broadway on the old Denny’s site — is set for June 27.

The plan is already controversial. Opponents argue a 28-storey building is inappropriate at that location and would set a precedent in South Granville where a community plan isn’t in place.

The developer had secured approval for a 16-storey market rental building on the site in early 2018 but later decided to submit an expression of interest for the much higher building under the city’s Moderate Income Rental Housing Pilot Program (MIRHPP), which requires 20 per cent of the residential floor space be reserved for households earning between $30,000 and $80,000 a year.

Public benefits, according to the applicant, include:

  • the fact it will deliver 97 family-sized units of two bedrooms or more
  • 22 per cent of the overall units will be for moderate income households
  • the project won’t displace any residents because the site was once home to a restaurant
  • the provision of outdoor agricultural plots for residents’ use on the fourth floor,
  • amenity spaces for residents, including an outdoor children’s playground
  • the fact it will be pet-friendly with a dedicated pet washing area, and
  • that there will be tile mosaic artwork on the northwest corner, designed by Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow, which will start at the plaza and rise to 17 storeys.

The open house runs from 5 to 8 p.m., June 27 at the Holiday Inn Hotel at 711 West Broadway. The project is currently scheduled to go before the City of Vancouver’s Urban Design Panel July 10.