Another Vancouver parking lot is on the verge of being converted into an office tower.
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.