Athletic clothing maker Lululemon plans office building in Vancouver’s False Creek Flats

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      Lululemon Athletica wants to develop an office building in the False Creek Flats area of Vancouver.

      The yoga and sports apparel maker is proposing an 11-13-storey building at 1980 Foley Street.

      The Vancouver-born company has made a rezoning enquiry with the city for the development.

      A city staff report is seeking council approval for planners to work with Lululemon in preparing a rezoning application.

      “The rezoning inquiry for a proposed office building at 1980 Foley Street presents a unique opportunity to advance a significant amount of job space and improve public space and access within the False Creek Flats,” wrote Kevin McNaney of the city’s planning, urban design and sustainability department.

      According to McNaney, the proposal does not involve an increase in density.

      “However, it does seek additional height to allow the existing density to be achieved, while allowing urban design creativity to maximize views to the North Shore Mountains and to minimize shadows on the future China Creek public space,” McNaney stated.

      The city planner noted that a building height of up to 250 feet will be “tested” as part of the rezoning application process.

      “The maximum allowable height under the existing zoning is 120 feet,” McNaney wrote.

      The proposed development includes a 15-metre-wide “landscaped public space that commemorates the former China Creek”.

      McNaney’s report is included in council’s agenda Tuesday (April 23). 

      Lululemon was founded by Chip Wilson in 1998. It started as a design and yoga studio, and later a retail store on West 4th Avenue.