STARLIGHT DEVELOPMENTS, a North American apartment developer, has acquired all of one central Victoria block—bordered by Quadra, Yates, Vancouver and View—and half of another (Cook to Vancouver, between Yates and View). The firm’s proposal is to develop a mixed-use community with rental housing, commercial offerings, a public square and green space. It estimates 1,500 purpose-built rental homes of all sizes offered over 3 phases; nearly half an acre of public open space; and over 100,000 square feet of retail. Site coverage is 83 percent.
Rezoning and OCP amendments were applied for in January 2020 for the whole 900 block of Yates, and the eastern half of the 1000 block of Yates Street.
The plan will be developed in three phases. In the first phase, the company has applied for development permits for two towers (the shortest ones), at 21 and 19 storeys. The three towers on the adjacent block are planned to range from 27-32 storeys in height. Gene Miller provides comment on this proposal in a recent Focus column.