J. GORDON JONES ENTERPRISES is proposing a development for the Harris Green neighbourhood. It is only six storeys but covers 89 percent of the 21,700-square-foot-lot at the corner of Vancouver and View Street, the site of a former bottling recycling depot.
The developers, in late 2019, proposed to create 154 purpose-built rental units (and 41 parking stalls) aimed at tenants looking to live and work near the Downtown core. Units would range from 320 square feet to some 3-bedrooms at 900 square feet. It would use woodframe construction above ground. Incorporating Green Building features, it aims at BC Energy Step Code 3.
The Downtown Residents Association hosted two public meetings and reported some of the questions and concerns raised in two January 2020 letters to Council. These concerned massing, parking, greenspace (lack thereof), the amount of space between the proposed and existing buildings, and the developer’s understanding of “affordable.” “Attendees described the building as a box with bland and repetitive facade. The lack of balconies is also seen as problematic,” stated one letter.
The proposal seems to have stalled for the past year, though it is still “active” on the City’s Development Tracker.