What is currently a parking lot between Waterfront Station and The Landing, could soon be a 26-storey glass tower in Gastown.
Designed by internationally renowned architects, The “Waterfront Tower” has been proposed for 555 Cordova St. by Cadillac Fairview. According to its website, the building is designed to maximize available natural light and reduce internal glare by responding to the arc of the sun. It will also offer distinctive amenities such as conference facilities, fitness/changing rooms, and uninterrupted views of the water and mountains from every floor.
In addition, tenants of Waterfront Tower will be able to share in the amenities of the adjacent Cadillac Fairview-owned Waterfront Properties complex, which comprises of 200 Granville, PriceWaterhouse Coopers Place, Waterfront Centre, and the Station building. Shared amenities include Yoga and Fitness Classes, meeting and conference rooms, bicycle storage, and car-washing services. The Waterfront Properties complex also houses popular restaurants, including Miku, Rogue, and Hapa Izakaya.
The land has previously been zoned for an office building, so there will not be a scheduled public hearing. Instead, the public has until Thursday, January 22nd, to e-mail or write to the city of Vancouver with their comments and concerns.
One of the top issues regarding the project will be the tower’s height. It is designed 13 metres over the city’s view cone standards. In the past, the city of Vancouver has been very strict with these rules, which are put in place to protect the views of the mountains.
Ultimately, the development permit board of Vancouver will make the final decision.
UPDATE: The Waterfront Tower has been rejected by the Urban Design Panel.