A new highrise tower proposed in the Downtown Vancouver core – is being referred to a public hearing. The 31-storey building will be the same height as the Harbour Centre building (not including the UFO shaped revolving restaurant portion) and replaces the current 8 storey high-rise parking structure.
A Vancouver staff report recommends that council refer an application for a 31-storey building on the southeast corner of Granville Street and Cordova Street to a public hearing.
VIA Architecture submitted the documents to the city on behalf of Granco Holdings Ltd. (Carrera Management Corporation) to increase the floor-space ratio from 9.0 to 24.24. The proposal includes retail space at street level.
In the report, city manager Penny Ballem comments that the application “aligns with the Metro Core Jobs Strategy, the Vancouver Economic Action Strategy, and the Transportation 2040 Plan in that it involves the creation of significant job space adjacent to a major transit hub”.
Waterfront Station is across the street from the parkade.
According to CityHallWatch, there’s been speculation that the super-secretive owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Greg Kerfoot, owns the site.
The senior property manager at Carrera Management Corp., Trish Knight, has not returned a call from the Straight to confirm this.
Carrera’s office is in The Landing at 375 Water Street, which is the same building occupied by Vancouver Whitecaps office staff.
From Cordova Street, the proposed tower is roughly the same height as Harbour Centre minus the rooftop restaurant.