The redevelopment of two blocks to the east and west of Main Street is a cornerstone in reconnecting Main Street, Chinatown and the communities to the south and a significant opportunity to re-establish a focal point for the Black Community in Vancouver. The Northeast False Creek Rezoning Plan is for 800 Quebec Street & 801 Main Street and 898 Main Street which falls under the Sub-Area 6D. Another Rezoning Application that falls under the Northeast False Creek Rezoning Plan is Northeast False Creek Rezoning Plan: Sub-Area 6B Plaza of Nations at 750–772 Pacific Boulevard.
The proposal for the Northeast False Creek Rezoning Plan is to rezone from M-1 (Industrial) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This new proposal is for both Main Street blocks to develop the site into a mixed-use development based on the Northeast False Creek Refined Area Plan, including:
800 Quebec Street & 801 Main Street (site area — 2.1 acres):
· a variety of buildings with heights up to 22 storeys
· commercial uses & residential uses
898 Main Street (site area — 3.5 acres):
· a variety of buildings with heights up to 14 storeys
· 300 units of social housing
· a childcare facility
· a cultural centre
· non-profit office space
· commercial uses & residential uses
The redevelopment of The Northeast False Creek Rezoning Plan of each of the blocks to the east and west of Main Street represents an unprecedented opportunity to redress a moment in history, that is fundamentally at odds with Vancouver today, and the future to which we aspire — the destruction of a diverse community to facilitate a car dominated city of freeways.
The two blocks are part of several communities; needing to speak socially and physically to this rich and varied context — Chinatown, Strathcona, False Creek, Citygate, False Creek Flats and the emerging hospital precinct.
The 898 Main Street site was the nucleus of the Black Community prior to its deliberate displacement with the construction of the viaducts. The Northeast False Creek Plan provides an opportunity to meaningfully honour the Black Community that existed prior to the building of the viaducts while celebrating the contributions of the contemporary Black Community.
The western block, prior to the filling in of False Creek, was perched at the edge of the water, with the shoreline running through the centre of the block. The eastern half of the block between the shore and Main Street was subdivided into 25 ft. lots fronting Main Street. The Hogan’s Alley block to the east of Main Street was also subdivided into 25 ft. lots with a T-shaped lane. This subdivision pattern remains today, despite the occupation of the two blocks with the highway forms of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts.
The future of these blocks is as an inclusive, diverse and equitable community including indoor and outdoor places to gather, a focus on local access to healthy food, and a diverse tenure including opportunities for family and affordable housing.
Overall Policies For Northeast False Creek Rezoning Plan
· A maximum of 900,000 sq.ft. of new residential and non-residential floor area is anticipated in Sub-area 6D, including a minimum of 100,000 sf of non-residential floor area. Additional density may be considered, subject to meeting the policies of this plan, and in the interests of achieving the significant public interest and benefits redevelopment of this sub-area presents.
Final maximum densities will be determined through the rezoning process.
· Target a minimum of 300 units of social housing, a cultural centre and a childcare centre in Sub-area 6D, and seek to maximize the amount of below-market rental housing that can be achieved beyond the 300 units, including through strategic partnerships with senior levels of governments and/or non-profits. This housing mix should also include affordable seniors housing to support efforts by the local community to continue to house vulnerable seniors.
Porches Passages and Thresholds
The front porch plays a vital role in the life of a community. Porches are where communities happen. Children play, friends meet to hang out and share stories. The porch is where we make introductions and take Sunday photos. It is not quite public and not completely private. The porch is a place in-between the very public life of the street and the very private life of the family.
This ‘place in-between’ is like no other. It resides in-between Vancouver’s past and its future; a physical place that was destroyed but is still a flourishing, strong-knit community. This will be a place for community to come together and thrive. It will welcome those in Vancouver and those from afar, particularly those with no other porch to shelter them.
The porches will become those places between the intimate life of a tight-knit community and their welcoming acts of kindness offering shelter to strangers. They will be places for friends to gather, sharing stories and facing challenges together. High and low, large and small, the porches will embody the spirit of the community past and present and will honour those values that make it strong.
Main Street Cultural Centre
· Establish a Cultural Centre of approximately 27,000 sf on the 898 Main Street block. The Cultural Centre will be a focal point for the Black Community, and will be welcoming and inclusive to all – a place ‘from the community, for the community’.
· Locate the Cultural Centre on Main Street for visibility and connectivity to the city, and with a clear presence on the Alley. Create a passage/connection into the Alley as part of how the Centre is organized and designed. In either abstract or literal ways, this passage should tell a story and also be a welcoming, celebratory gateway.
· Program the Cultural Centre to support community building through food, gathering and celebration, education and empowerment, art music and dance, and research and knowledge of Black Canadian history.
· Design the Cultural Centre to reach outward with sheltered gathering- a ‘front porch’, open space for music dance and celebration, outdoor dining associated with a community kitchen, and rooftop gardens. Consider opportunities for components of the Cultural Centre to be located and integrated throughout the block.
· Organize development of the block around Hogan’s Alley, a public and pedestrian space.
· Design the block, its public spaces and buildings with a character, scale, personality and overall experience that is unique and distinct from the city outside the block. This block interior should be a focus of life, small scale local businesses, music, oasis, a safe place and community. Emphasize culturally-centred retail, food/ market (African Diaspora specific), social enterprise, live/work/sell, co-working spaces, and maker space. If larger, more typical businesses and retail are part of the future of the block, they should be designed to primarily address the surrounding street frontages. Consider colour, texture, aroma, and sound as an integral part of the design.
· Organize the Alley around the three historic entry points, with a varied path within that need not be the rectilinear ‘T’ form of the original subdivision. The Alley can be more organic, rhythmic, curvilinear in its path, and/or incorporate geometry of the circle that reflects more African influence.
· Create two plazas toward the west and east ends of the alley connected by a narrower more intense and urban section centrally within the block.
· Line the alley with doors and openings that swing wide, roll-up, or fold away to let activity and life spill out.
· Stitch community together across the alley with bridges as places for social connection and vantage points to watch people and activity. Design homes to terrace up and offer balconies, roof gardens overlooking the Alley. Recall the former ‘H-frame’ structures that use to line the alley in the form and structure of the bridges, or as other framework elements along the alley, as is feasible in pursuing sustainability, accessibility, affordability and operational needs and urban design best practice to be determined through the rezoning process.
· Open out the Alley connection to the south and west to provide a clear and visible connection from Main Street. Explore the potential of this location for public art that speaks to the history of the block and the Black Community in Vancouver.
· Connect the Alley to the surrounding streets with passages that are an opportunity for storytelling, and which can be powerful moments of transition.
· Ensure that the Alley and the buildings and uses that line it are designed to invite and include all ages, with particular consideration for youth and intergenerational opportunities.
· Configure and design the block, including individual buildings and open spaces between buildings, to support social life and connections – porches, terraces, rooftops, balconies, inside and outside circulation, common areas, gathering spaces and other building forms that support social life and connection and that offer glimpses of life within. Create a range of scale of spaces for a variety of activities.
· Extend and lift the existing 25 ft lot pattern up to create a finely scaled rhythm of building and uses reflecting the historic patterning of the block and Chinatown, and creating opportunities for roof gardens on multiple levels overlooking the Alley.
· Vary and offset the heights along the two east/west sections that form Hogan’s Alley, referencing the mountain skyline and the sawtooth height pattern of historic Chinatown.
· Vary the heights and setbacks along the Alley creating opportunities for a variety of scales of outdoor places, and terraced roof gardens overlooking the alley from multiple levels.
· Draw inspiration from the African Diaspora in form, detail, colour, texture, and material. Introduce organic, circular, and curvilinear forms in key building elements, projections, canopies, and balconies within the centre of the block and Hogan’s Alley.
· Support a vibrant life within the block and along the alley. Develop strategies for opening out and closing off areas that generate noise to adapt to different times of day and different weather conditions. Design residential units with particular consideration for livability in relation to noisy uses.
· Explore design strategies to support community building through intergenerational housing for extended families.
· Establish a height pattern that responds to the existing and future context of the block:·
· Main Street – together with the Main Street frontage of the west block, a 90 ft maximum reflecting the proposed maximum Main Street height for Chinatown, and developed with a sawtooth roof pattern.
· Union Street – primarily 90 ft or less, with up to approximately 120 ft centrally and toward the west end of the block.
· Prior Street – primarily 90 ft or less with up to approximately 150 ft centrally and toward the east end of the block, referencing the transitional height in the Council approved policy for new St. Paul’s across the street.
· Gore Avenue and Strathcona – transition down to approximately 60 ft to 65 ft in height.
· Design intentions for typology and scale may be amended to allow the delivery of sustainable, affordable commercial and residential spaces and should be considered during the rezoning process
800 Quebec Street and 801 Main Street
Recall the layers of history
· Draw upon the rich social and cultural history of the site; xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and mi ce:p kwətxwiləm (Tsleil-Waututh), Chinatown, Strathcona and the Black Community.
· Recall the lot pattern that still exists today despite the viaducts.
· Reflect and celebrate the original shoreline through public space improvements and architectural design.
· Consider traces of the viaducts (e.g. through look outs, projections, alignments, fragments).
· Create a genuine fine grain fabric that picks up on the narrow lot pattern and establishes an interwoven pattern of buildings, spaces, and connections that draws upon the Chinatown history and form of development.
· Repair the Urban Fabric on Main Street by restoring the continuity of shops and services. Reflect the 25 ft subdivision pattern in the form and patterning of buildings along Main Street and provide a variety of urban streetwall heights that reflect the sawtooth roof pattern of Chinatown buildings. Emphasize uses and small scale enterprises that provide high visual interest and frequency of shop entrances.
Historic Shoreline Mid-Block Space
· Create a finely-scaled mid-block public space that recognizes the historic shoreline that passed through the centre of this block prior to the filling in of False Creek for industrial land.
· Reflect the shoreline in the landscape and public realm including consideration of rainwater and other water elements, plantings, and varied relationships of water to building.
· Work with xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and mi ce:p kwətxwiləm (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and Urban Indigenous communities in expressing the natural and cultural significance of the historic water’s edge.
· Activate the space with retail, building entries and amenities.
· Explore the potential to reinforce local identity for Chinatown through programming and activation of the space.
· Explore opportunities to establish an international food market in the central mid-block public space and include opportunity for connection to Chinatown’s existing food businesses.
· Explore opportunities to extend the mid-block public space connection from Union Street through to Chinatown Memorial Square through future development.
Quebec Street Park Edge
· Develop the Quebec Street frontage to draw people up along the street and act as a gateway into Chinatown.
· Design the park fronting buildings to enhance and frame the bowl of the view corridor from False Creek across the new park to the mountains. Consider upper level restaurant space with roof-top decks overlooking the park, and view down False Creek, mountains and downtown skyline.
· Take advantage of and respond to the park frontage and outlook. Design the park fronting buildings to bring park and green up onto buildings; to be shaped, sculpted, step back from the park edge. Consider creating vantage points at upper levels for common amenities.
· Engage and respond to Prior Street. Build an active and animated street edge to capitalize on the southern orientation and create wider sidewalks to enhance the pedestrian experience and provide opportunities for interaction and opportunities for activation.
Building Typologies and Scale
· Draw upon the typologies of the surrounding context to create an urban block and built form that is a meeting point of the narrow 25 ft vertically proportioned forms of Chinatown, the tower forms of Citygate and International Village and the mid-rise forms of Southeast False Creek. Locate the highest building form as part of the family of towers in Citygate at the central south side of the west block.
· Incorporate a variety of heights up to the view cones (approximately 20 storeys).
· Create stepped and terraced building forms that respond to the park frontage, create opportunities for vertical green at upper levels, take best advantage of views from the site, and optimize built form and density within the several view corridors that cross the site.
· Locate tall building forms off Main Street to enable the strong urban streetwall scale of Chinatown to dominate. Limit the size and floor plate of taller buildings and express the narrow 25 ft lot patterning in upper level building forms.
· Establish a height pattern that responds to the existing and future context of the block, and transitions in building height from Citygate north and east to Chinatown and Strathcona:
· Main Street – together with the Main Street frontage of the 898 Main Street block, a 90 ft maximum reflecting the proposed maximum Main Street height for Chinatown, and developed with a sawtooth roof pattern
· Union Street – primarily 90 ft or less, with up to approximately 130 ft or view cone height centrally at the west side of the shoreline mid-block space.
· Prior Street – primarily 90 ft or less, with up to approximately 220 ft or view cone height centrally at the east side of the shoreline mid-block space.
· Create a contiguous active retail frontage along Main Street, Quebec Street, Union Street and Prior Street. Emphasize active 25 ft retail frontages.
· Program the block to accommodate shops, restaurants and amenities that support the life and culture of Chinatown.
Building Name: Northeast False Creek Rezoning Plan (Northeast False Creek Sub-area 6D)
Address: 800 Quebec Street & 801 Main Street, Vancouver BC
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