Yeast Van: Brewery, restaurant, high tech, and offices mix in proposed Strathcona building

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      The city’s brewery district fondly called Yeast Van may get a new addition.

      A brewery is included as one of the uses in a proposed four-storey building in the neighbourhood of Strathcona.

      The brewery will be joined by a restaurant on the ground floor, while the second and third floor will be devoted to manufacturing for information communication technology.

      The top floor will be for offices, according to a development application submitted by Kirsten Reite Architecture to the City of Vancouver.

      The application for 1270 Frances Street did not provide details about the future brewery.

      The so-called Yeast Van brewery district is generally located in the neighbourhoods of Strathcona, Grandview-Woodlands, and Hastings-Sunrise.

      According to its social media page, Yeast Van is a “diverse group of breweries, a cidery, and a distillery, operating within an eclectic community of small industry, independent businesses and artists studios”.

      “While we each have something different to offer, you will find us united in our passion for crafting some of the best craft beer, cider, and spirits in the city,” according to the group.

      According to the design rationale submitted by Kirsten Reite Architecture, the proposed building will provide “large openings for maximum daylight, flexible floor plates and natural ventilation”.

      “A courtyard has also been introduced into the deep floor plan, which will increase natural daylight and add interest with green landscaping in the centre of the building,” the submission reads.

      Going on, “The courtyard has a visual connection to the street, providing passersby with a glimpse into the centre of the building and green landscaping.”

      There will be an “open entrance plaza” on the ground floor, providing “opportunity for the ground floor businesses to inhabit this space in the warmer months”.