West End condo owners riled by proposed Nicola Street project

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      Residents at a West End condo building have a final chance to be heard by the City of Vancouver about their opposition to a proposed development next door.

      That will be on October 15, when the development permit board takes up the application for 1289 Nicola Street.

      Located steps away from English Bay, the development involves a six-storey building with 13 residential units.

      There is a four-storey condo property at 1279 Nicola Street that is adjacent to the proposed development. It’s called Ocean Vista, and a number of its residents have been opposing the project, with the website Fight1289nicola.com as their medium.

      According to the website, there was a “strategy meeting for residents of 1279 Nicola” on Tuesday evening (October 8).

      Some residents are, apparently, planning to address the development permit board on October 15, and some “talking points” are suggested by Fight1289nicola.com.

      “What has been proposed is a building that eclipses our Strata Lot literally,” goes one talking point. “It will cast our building in a shadow. Forget about views, this building will deprive many of our units of even sky views.”

      If the taller building at 1289 Nicola Street gets finished, the name Ocean Vista will become irrelevant, the site suggests: Ocean Vista was “conceived around a central courtyard garden” and the development will block sunlight from reaching the spot, killing a magnolia tree and other plants.

      “Ocean Vista is home to several families; with the blocking of the light to the courtyard units their children will have limited access to daylight from the interior of their homes and be required to live in basement like conditions,” one talking point explains.

      The proposed project will mean the demolition of four two-storey rental townhouses at 1509–1533 Harwood Street. For the project, the development gets a new address, which is 1289 Nicola Street.

      The Fight1289nicola.com site suggests building townhouses along Harwood Street and a taller structure at the corner of Nicola and Harwood. This would allow “adequate light” to enter the next-door courtyard “later in the day”.

      The project was originally designed to have one condo unit on each of the first five floors. The sixth level was designated as amenity space, with a guest room that will be shared by the future owners.

      A revised application submitted by Cornerstone Architecture on behalf of the owner, Dimex Group, increased the number of units to 13.