Initial Consultation: 2195 Gordon Avenue


About this project

In 2014, the District acquired the site at 2195 Gordon Avenue for $16 million. The site is 76,500 square feet (or 1.76 acres) and is directly north of the West Vancouver Community Centre and south of Pauline Johnson Elementary School. Council is proposing to use the site to create housing, increase rental supply and improve affordability while generating $20 million in revenue, and with no ongoing cost to the District. To achieve this, the District would long term lease / sell the site to a third party that would then construct the buildings, operate the rental component, and long term lease / sell the strata condominium units.

The purpose of this initial phase

Council has requested that staff proceed with public consultation on the proposed use and two possible building forms. Staff will gather preliminary feedback from this phase and report back to Council in spring 2019.


The proposed use

To address housing affordability and balance revenue needs for other District public projects, the District is proposing to use this property to create:

  • 170 below market rental units to be operated by an independent third party with no ongoing cost to the District
  • rents at an average of 70% of market rent for comparable new units in West Vancouver, that are income targeted for moderate-income people, including families with children in West Vancouver schools, and moderate-income people who work in West Vancouver
  • 30 strata condominium units
  • a range of units from studios to 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units
  • $20 million in revenue (to recover the initial purchase price of $16 million plus a reasonable return)

Two Possible Building Forms

Council has identified two possible building forms (based on a density of 2.6 Floor Space Ratio) to try and balance the footprint of the building within the property:

  • Option A with three six-storey buildings

Aerial View Looking from South West

Aerial View Looking from South East

  • Option B with one six-storey building and one seven-storey building

Aerial View Looking South West

Aerial View Looking South East


Initial Consultation Meetings

The public consultation will take place from February 7 to March 15, 2019.

As the project is still in its early stages, the District will be holding the following Initial Consultation Meetings to hear what the community thinks about the project:

Thursday, February 7, 3–7 p.m.
West Vancouver Community Centre, Lalji Family Atrium
2121 Marine Drive

Tuesday, February 19, 5–8:30 p.m.
Seniors’ Activity Centre, Arts Room
695 21st Street

Wednesday, February 20
West Vancouver Community Centre
2121 Marine Drive

  • 5–7 p.m. | Lalji Family Atrium
  • 7–9 p.m. | Cedar Room (third floor), Q & A session

All three of the Initial Consultation Meetings will have the same format, with the exception of the Q & A session from 7-9 p.m. on February 20, 2019.

Small Group Sessions

In addition to the Initial Consultation Meetings listed above, we are also offering an opportunity to meet with District staff in small group sessions to ask questions and learn more about the project.

If you would like to meet with staff in a small group setting, please contact Jenn Suggitt at 604-921-2939 or jsuggitt@westvancouver.ca.

Pop-up sessions

District staff are hosting several pop-up information sessions. Follow @WestVanDistrict on Facebook and Twitter to get notified when they are happening.


Survey

Deadline to complete the survey: Friday, March 15.

Consultation Meeting Boards

The overall goal of the survey questions is to allow the public to provide meaningful input on various aspects of the project, in a manner that will allow staff to report back with clear responses.

The survey is also available in hard-copy at Municipal Hall (750 17th Street) and at all consultation events.


About this project

In 2014, the District acquired the site at 2195 Gordon Avenue for $16 million. The site is 76,500 square feet (or 1.76 acres) and is directly north of the West Vancouver Community Centre and south of Pauline Johnson Elementary School. Council is proposing to use the site to create housing, increase rental supply and improve affordability while generating $20 million in revenue, and with no ongoing cost to the District. To achieve this, the District would long term lease / sell the site to a third party that would then construct the buildings, operate the rental component, and long term lease / sell the strata condominium units.

The purpose of this initial phase

Council has requested that staff proceed with public consultation on the proposed use and two possible building forms. Staff will gather preliminary feedback from this phase and report back to Council in spring 2019.


The proposed use

To address housing affordability and balance revenue needs for other District public projects, the District is proposing to use this property to create:

  • 170 below market rental units to be operated by an independent third party with no ongoing cost to the District
  • rents at an average of 70% of market rent for comparable new units in West Vancouver, that are income targeted for moderate-income people, including families with children in West Vancouver schools, and moderate-income people who work in West Vancouver
  • 30 strata condominium units
  • a range of units from studios to 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units
  • $20 million in revenue (to recover the initial purchase price of $16 million plus a reasonable return)

Two Possible Building Forms

Council has identified two possible building forms (based on a density of 2.6 Floor Space Ratio) to try and balance the footprint of the building within the property:

  • Option A with three six-storey buildings

Aerial View Looking from South West

Aerial View Looking from South East

  • Option B with one six-storey building and one seven-storey building

Aerial View Looking South West

Aerial View Looking South East


Initial Consultation Meetings

The public consultation will take place from February 7 to March 15, 2019.

As the project is still in its early stages, the District will be holding the following Initial Consultation Meetings to hear what the community thinks about the project:

Thursday, February 7, 3–7 p.m.
West Vancouver Community Centre, Lalji Family Atrium
2121 Marine Drive

Tuesday, February 19, 5–8:30 p.m.
Seniors’ Activity Centre, Arts Room
695 21st Street

Wednesday, February 20
West Vancouver Community Centre
2121 Marine Drive

  • 5–7 p.m. | Lalji Family Atrium
  • 7–9 p.m. | Cedar Room (third floor), Q & A session

All three of the Initial Consultation Meetings will have the same format, with the exception of the Q & A session from 7-9 p.m. on February 20, 2019.

Small Group Sessions

In addition to the Initial Consultation Meetings listed above, we are also offering an opportunity to meet with District staff in small group sessions to ask questions and learn more about the project.

If you would like to meet with staff in a small group setting, please contact Jenn Suggitt at 604-921-2939 or jsuggitt@westvancouver.ca.

Pop-up sessions

District staff are hosting several pop-up information sessions. Follow @WestVanDistrict on Facebook and Twitter to get notified when they are happening.


Survey

Deadline to complete the survey: Friday, March 15.

Consultation Meeting Boards

The overall goal of the survey questions is to allow the public to provide meaningful input on various aspects of the project, in a manner that will allow staff to report back with clear responses.

The survey is also available in hard-copy at Municipal Hall (750 17th Street) and at all consultation events.

  • Survey

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    Our community is facing unprecedented housing affordability challenges with some of the highest rents and housing prices in Canada. People are leaving our community.

    High housing prices, limited housing supply, and demographic challenges affect our community in many ways:

    • reduced population and demographic imbalance
    • reduced local workforce
    • more people are commuting to our community every day to work or attend school, resulting in increased traffic and greenhouse gas emissions
    • reduced services and increased costs for services.

    If you signed up for westvancouverITE before October 1, 2018, you'll need to create a new account as we moved to a new system.

    Our community is facing unprecedented housing affordability challenges with some of the highest rents and housing prices in Canada. People are leaving our community.

    High housing prices, limited housing supply, and demographic challenges affect our community in many ways:

    • reduced population and demographic imbalance
    • reduced local workforce
    • more people are commuting to our community every day to work or attend school, resulting in increased traffic and greenhouse gas emissions
    • reduced services and increased costs for services.
    In 2014, the District purchased the site at 2195 Gordon Avenue for $16 million. Council is now proposing to use the site to create housing, increase rental supply and improve affordability, while generating $20 million in revenue, with no ongoing cost to the taxpayer.

    To achieve this, the District would long-term lease/sell the site to a third party that would construct the buildings, operate the rental component and long-term lease/sell the strata condominium units.

    We want to hear from you.

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