A traditional suburban single-family area of ​​the city’s Cambie Corridor plan could see its “first stage” for residential tower development, creating a “baseline for future buildings”.

Gracorp Properties has submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver to redevelop three single-family homes on the mid-block lot at 427-449 West 49th Avenue into a 199-foot-tall, 18-story rental housing tower .

The site is about two blocks south of Queen Elizabeth Park and about a six-minute walk from the Oakridge-41st Avenue SkyTrain station and R4 RapidBus stops.

Location of 427-449 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

427-449 West 49th Avenue Vancouver Rental Housing

Location of 427-449 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership/Gracorp Properties)

Designed by local architectural firm Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership, there will be 176 secure rental units, including 142 market units and 34 below market units.

The mix of units is 31 studios, 74 one-bedroom units, 62 two-bedroom units and three three-bedroom units, as well as three three-bedroom townhouse units on the ground floor.

Amenity spaces include a gym on the ground floor and an outdoor amenity space on the roof of the tower.

427-449 West 49th Avenue Vancouver Rental Housing

Artist rendering of 427-449 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership/Gracorp Properties)

427-449 West 49th Avenue Vancouver Rental Housing

Artist rendering of 427-449 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership/Gracorp Properties)

427-449 West 49th Avenue Vancouver Rental Housing

Artist rendering of 427-449 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership/Gracorp Properties)

“Contributing to the enrichment of the culture and character of Oakridge’s municipal downtown is central to the intent of this application. This development aims to provide rental housing to various income groups along with a suite of thoughtful amenities that will be shared between market and affordable units,” states the design rationale.

“The character of the building reflects a theme of health, well-being and healing which is exemplified by a simple, compact massing with an impactful expression. The architectural expression has both a functional quality that minimizes unnecessary joints to maximize energy performance, but also an aesthetic quality that has a sober and clean form in keeping with the theme of the project. The building will use a low-carbon energy system for heating and domestic hot water, while providing air conditioning to all units to maximize occupant comfort.

427-449 West 49th Avenue Vancouver Rental Housing

Artist rendering of 427-449 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership/Gracorp Properties)

427-449 West 49th Avenue Vancouver Rental Housing

Artist rendering of 427-449 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership/Gracorp Properties)

427-449 West 49th Avenue Vancouver Rental Housing

Artist rendering of 427-449 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership/Gracorp Properties)

427-449 West 49th Avenue Vancouver Rental Housing

Artist rendering of 427-449 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership/Gracorp Properties)

Two underground levels will contain 69 vehicle parking spaces and 337 bicycle parking spaces.

The total floor area is approximately 115,000 square feet, establishing a floor area density of a floor area that is 6.1 times larger than the land size of 19,100 square feet.

The density, height and uses of the tower are permitted under the Cambie Corridor Plan.

The last standalone application for rental housing rezoning in Oakridge Municipal Downtown approved by Vancouver City Council was in early March, when Marcon Developments’ rental housing tower at 277-291 West 42nd Avenue was received the green light. This follows the approval of another rental housing tower by Marcon on the same block in 2021.

Also in March, City Council approved a revised rezoning application for the redevelopment of central Oakridge that incorporates more rental housing.

427-449 West 49th Avenue Vancouver Rental Housing

Artist rendering of 427-449 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership/Gracorp Properties)

427-449 West 49th Avenue Vancouver Rental Housing

Artist rendering of 427-449 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership/Gracorp Properties)

427-449 West 49th Avenue Vancouver Rental Housing

Artist rendering of 427-449 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership/Gracorp Properties)

427-449 West 49th Avenue Vancouver Rental Housing

Artist rendering of 427-449 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership/Gracorp Properties)

427-449 West 49th Avenue Vancouver Rental Housing

Artist rendering of 427-449 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership/Gracorp Properties)

427-449 West 49th Avenue Vancouver Rental Housing

Artist rendering of 427-449 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership/Gracorp Properties)

427-449 West 49th Avenue Vancouver Rental Housing

Artist rendering of 427-449 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership/Gracorp Properties)