East Broadway and Fraser

Fraser & BroadwayNot all the new non-market housing is being built Downtown. Here’s an 8-storey newly built 103 unit building on East Broadway. Designed by Neale Staniskis Doll Adams it incorporates the Broadway Youth Resource Centre that had been located here previously. Initial plans for the BC Housing funded construction (on a site provided by the City of Vancouver) had 11 storeys, but this was reduced to better fit with the surrounding scale of development.


South Creek Landing

South Creek Landing 1

This small corner site on Cambie Street (where the Cambie Bridge starts) used to hold a small ‘Chinese’ building built in 1987. It was last occuopied by a sushi restaurant, but before that it featured Korean cruisine.

South Creek Landing 2

Now Arno Matis has designed a 6-storey curved condo-over-retail building with some dramatic balcony details.

Before images, 2011; after images 2014.

Collection 45

Collection 45 change 1

As the name might suggest, there are 45 condo units in this 6-storey project in Mount Pleasant. Designed by GBL Architects, it includes a floor of commercial use that the architects have moved into themselves. It’s a simple colour palate of black and white; an alternative to the more colourful buildings that the same architects have been designing in the past few years.

It replaces a 2-storey office building from the early 1970s – one of the few spots where the zoning permits higher density residential development at the expense of a modest amount of commercial space.

Before image 2011; after image 2014

1 Kingsway

1 Kingsway

Busby and Associates designed this market rental housing for the City of Vancouver. It sits over the new Mount Pleasant library and next to the incredibly popular Community Centre that’s part of the same project and was completed early in 2010.

Used car lots and older commercial buildings are rapidly disappering in this area as it emerges as a hub of mid-rise residential buildings, often over a townhouse base.

Before image 2004; after image 2010.



Stella on Kingsway in Mount Pleasant, just south of Broadway, marks the first time that a full service car dealership has located underneath a residential tower in the city. The service centre is underground, the showroom on the ground floor, and Acton Ostrey’s contemporary mid-rise completed at the end of 2008 sits on top. The new building replaced a much smaller scale car repair and dealership.

Before image 2005; after image 2009

MP Lighting

MP Lighting W4th

Oberto Oberti designed this first phase manufacturing, warehouse and office for high-tech LED lighting company MP Lighting, and it was completed in 2007. The next phase is even bigger, all over underground parking, suggesting a sophisticated switch in part of the city’s Mount Pleasant industrial area to more contemporary industrial activity at a higher density.

Before image 2002; after image 2007

Yukon and 11th

Yukon & 11th

The majority of rental housing in the City of Vancouver is protected, under current policy, from redevelopment. Only very small projects can now proceed, unless the replacement building is also a rental. However, that doesn’t apply in some zones and with small schemes and here’s an example where a massively altered ‘single family dwelling’ (which we bet was really used as unauthorised rental units) was rebuilt as two projects each with two stratified houses designed by Matthew Cheng Architects and completed in 2007.

Before image 2005; after image 2008