New plan for 105 Keefer Street proposes 111 condos in Vancouver's Chinatown

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      A new development plan for 105 Keefer Street proposes more Chinatown condo units than the one previously rejected by Vancouver city council.

      The Beedie Group has filed another application for the site, this time involving 111 condo units.

      In June this year, city council denied the company’s submission to rezone 105 Keefer for a 12-storey building with 106 condos and 25 social housing units.

      Council made the decision following a contentious public hearing.

      The rezoning application drew vigorous opposition, with critics saying that the proposed development was too high, and that it will contribute to the gentrification of the historic neighbourhood.

      The Beedie Group has submitted a new proposal that does not require a rezoning of the site.

      The new plan is for a nine-storey building with commercial uses and a cultural space for seniors on ground level.

      The application was made under the site’s existing zoning, and will require approval by the development permit board.

      An open house will be held on September 5 at the Chinese Cultural Centre Auditorium (50 East Pender Street) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.