A large Vancouver developer has scaled back a major rezoning proposal on the southwest side of the city. In a revised application on behalf of Wall Financial Corp., the architectural firm Busby Perkins + Will has applied to increase the number of housing units at Shannon Mews from the current total of 162 to 800. A previous application, made in August 2010, sought 891 units—including 13- and 14-storey towers—on the historic four-hectare site at 7165 Granville Street.
The property is most famous for its mansion, built in the early 20th century for sugar baron Ben Rogers and later featured in the Jack Nicholson film Carnal Knowledge. The site also includes five two-storey townhouses designed in the 1970s by Vancouver architects Arthur Erickson and Geoffrey Massey, as well as a coach house, a gatehouse, a perimeter wall, and Italianate gardens.
In a March 30 letter to the city outlining the changes, Busby Perkins + Will stated that proposed building heights have been reduced from the four-to-14-storey range in the initial rezoning documents to the two-to-10-storey range in the amended application. “With this revised proposal, the tower forms of 13 and 14 floors have been eliminated which results in a very different expression of the development at the intersection of Granville and 57th Avenue,” the firm stated.
There would be 207 rental units on-site.
It’s good to see City Hall is paying attention to the residents who have spoken out against the Shannon Mews Development.
At some point in the future there will be no homes left in Vancouver, we’ll all live in condos but as the City faces higher density, many neighbourhoods are opposing the upcoming changes