Mountain-inspired residential tower proposed for Coal Harbour (IMAGES)

Site used to be home to a Chevron gas station

A 33-storey residential tower whose design, the architect states, is inspired by mountains is proposed for 1698 West Georgia at Bidwell Street.

The rezoning application for the high rise, which would feature 127 condo units, goes before an open house April 9.

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Developer Anthem Properties is involved in the project, as is U.S.-based architectural firm John Pedersen Fox, Vancouver's Dikeakos Architects Inc., and PFS Studio, an urban design and landscape architecture firm.

If approved, the building would replace a Chevron gas station that used to be on the site. It closed March 29, 2017, two days before Anthem officially took ownership of the property. The property was assessed at $98,251,400 as of July of 2018, according to B.C. Assessment. The previous year, it was assessed at $65,500,000.

The application, which is being considered under the West End Community Plan and Rezoning Policy, cites the mountains of Vancouver as the inspiration for the design.

“The bold formation of rocks creates rugged structures, feathery trees lace over the ridges and the terraces, and the facets and the cracks in the rocks create an ever-changing interplay of light and shadow,” the design rationale explains. “Our design is inspired by the balance between boldness and subtlety of the mountains, aiming to bring a sense of nature to the convenience of urban living."

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The proposal calls for a total floor area of 16,528 square feet for the building, with a floor space ratio of 9.39. Parking spaces would number 213, while there would be 335 bike stalls.

The open house runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, April 9. It's scheduled to go before the urban design panel April 17.

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