110-year-old Vancouver apartment building near Kitsilano Beach tagged for potential heritage value

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      An apartment building a block away from Kitsilano Beach has caught the attention of the body that advises the City of Vancouver about heritage matters.

      Known as the Suffolk Block or the Suffolk apartment building, the residential structure is more than a century old.

      Located at 1540 Yew Street, the rental building is not included in the Vancouver Heritage Register.

      According to an item included in the agenda of the Vancouver Heritage Commission on February 3, 2020, an application to redevelop the apartment building has been “cancelled”.

      The agenda item goes to state that “new applications received for this site will require a heritage review”.

      Minutes of a June 24, 2019 meeting by the body stated that heritage commissioner Michael Kluckner requested more information about the building, “noting concern about properties that have not been flagged as having potential heritage value”.

      A 2019 real-estate listing by NAI Commercial for 1540 Yew Street stated that the building was completed in 1910.

      This means that the apartment building is around 110 years old.

      According to the listing, the rental building has nine large one-bedroom units, plus two units in a duplex at the location.

      The listing also noted a potential for a new four-storey new development overlooking Kitsilano Beach.

      Based on the February 3, 2020 agenda item of the Vancouver Heritage Commission, the previous application was for a new building with one commercial unit, and three condo units.

      The item noted that statements of significance and heritage register evaluations for both the Suffolk Block and the laneway duplex will be required as part of the any application for redevelopment.