Public hearing scheduled for new downtown office tower between Telus Garden and Deloitte Summit

Austeville Properties is asking council to allow a floor-space ratio of 15.65, which is considerably higher than what's permitted in the Downtown Official Development Plan

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      On Tuesday (June 15), Vancouver residents will have a chance to tell city council what they think about a proposed office tower just east of Telus Garden.

      On behalf of Austeville Properties Ltd., Wing T. Leung Architects Inc. has filed a rezoning application to allow a 23-storey commercial building at the southeast corner of Georgia and Richards streets.

      It would be on six legal lots covering 24,000 square feet. The building's floor-space ratio would be 15.65 if council gives it the green light.

      The Downtown Official Development Plan allows for a floor-space ratio of up to 7.

      "This application has proposed 15.65 FSR, which is an increase that is consistent with the intent of the Rezoning Policy for the Central Business District (CBD) and CBD Shoulder," a staff report states. "However, the project compromises a Council adopted view cone. Staff recommend lowering the FSR to 15.3 in compliance with the View Protection Guidelines."

      Under the Downtown Official Development Plan, heights cannot go beyond 450 feet, but are restricted to 286 feet in the Cambie Street view cones. The Austeville proposal is for a 286-foot-high building.

      However, the staff report states that the proposed building penetrates one of the Cambie Street view cones by 2.9 metres with commercial floor space and mechanical equipment.

      Across the lane to the east is a 24-storey cube-shaped office tower under construction at 400 West Georgia Street. This building—developed by Westbank and called Deloitte Summit—will be home to the accounting firm of the same name, as well as Apple staff.