Don Barthel’s south Vancouver neighbourhood is changing before his eyes.
An open house on Thursday (April 25) about a proposed development near the intersection of Marine Drive and Cambie Street is a reminder that Marpole isn’t going to be the same again.
GBL Architects has applied to the City of Vancouver on behalf of Concord Pacific to rezone 445 Southwest Marine Drive. The developer wants to construct three buildings: a 6.5-storey mid-rise, a 21-storey tower, and a 27-storey tower. These would host 584 homes and a daycare with 37 spaces.
“It’s starting to be busy,” Barthel told the Straight in a phone interview.
The intersection of Marine Drive and Cambie Street has been designated by the city as Marine Landing, the area where the tallest towers will rise along the Cambie Corridor. Stretching from West 16th Avenue to the Fraser River between Heather and Manitoba streets, the Cambie Corridor is a developer’s paradise, offering a bonanza made possible by the opening of the Canada Line in 2009.
The Concord Pacific application represents the third of five major redevelopments expected at Marine Landing, a half-kilometre away from where Barthel and his family have lived for many years.
“It’s going to be a lot of new residents in the area,” Barthel said. “I don’t have a pro or con opinion, because there are pros and cons to that. But there’s certainly no argument that it’s a lot in a short period of time.”
Barthel and another resident, Janet Fraser, are the brains behind MarpoleMatters.ca, a website that provides information about developments in the neighbourhood.
The open house on Concord Pacific’s rezoning application will be held at the Westside Baptist Church (8506 Ash Street) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.