South Granville’s arts identity inspires cultural space at new Vancouver condo project

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      The Solterra Group of Companies has included space for culture in its proposed condo development in South Granville.

      The almost 6,000-square-foot area will be for public use, and is seen to boost the neighbourhood’s identity as a hub for the arts.

      The residential project is at 1616 West 7th Avenue, which forms a corner with Fir Street.

      “Our proposal for a public, social, cultural or recreational facility was informed and inspired by the nature and prominent character of the nearby South Granville area,” Solterra explained in a submission to the city as part of its development application.

      The company noted that South Granville from West 5th Avenue to 16th Avenue is “a major focus for the city’s art community”.

      Solterra went on to state that Stanley Theatre at 2750 Granville Street is considered to be the “heart and soul” of South Granville.

      In addition, it cites the South Granville Business Improvement Association as calling itself the “city’s largest collection of art galleries and art dealers”, and is “naturally a hub for creativity and artistic vision”.

      A separate document describing the project’s design rationale states that the cultural space will be “comprised of two levels of amenity above the entry level”.

      “The community amenity with vertical metal panels and windows on the façade results in a rhythm that express of the public use of the space,” according to the design rationale.

      The space will be at the southwest corner of the building’s podium along Fir Street.