2 new proposed developments in Chinatown

Vancouver’s Chinatown is going through a change, a change for the good. Two proposed project on opposite corners of Keefer and Main street: 189 Keefer and 611 Main street.


The 189 Keefer proposal is one of a handful of important projects going on in the neighbourhood. The building, located at Main and Keefer will be 10 floors tall containing 81 residential units and retail at grade. The developer for the project is Solterra and architect is Raffi.

In order to preserve character both developers and architects need to add elements of the neighbourhood into their developments in Chinatonwn. 


611 MAIN

The proposal is for a 17-storey mixed-use commercial and residential development with an underground parking garage. The proposed development is comprised of 9,225.9 sq. ft. (875.1 sq. m) of ground floor retail, 16 floors of residential with 26 units of seniors housing and 145 units of market housing, and 1,828.9 sq. ft. (169.9 sq. m) of amenity space. The proposal will include 76 parking stalls, two loading spaces (Class B), and 215 bicycle stalls.

At 17 floors, this residential tower by Westbank (developers of the fine Woodward’s towers in Gastown) almost approved by the city. Once complete it will be the tallest tower under the city’s new height guidelines for Chinatown. The tower will be located at Main and Keefer.

Designed by W.T. Leung Architects, the building ties in nicely with the neighbourhood. The 7 floor brick podium on Main street is quite impressive and the additional floors will be set back, thus allowing a more human scale to take form at street level.


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