The first plans released for The Waterfront Vancouver’s Block 17 lot show a six-story, mixed-use building that holds 172 apartments, according to plans submitted to the city of Vancouver.
Block 17 is on the second row of the waterfront’s buildings at the northwest corner of Columbia Way and Waterfront Way.
Seattle-based Urbal Architecture, the firm hired for the project, will not have renderings available for about three to five months, said principal Chad Lorentz. But pre-application documents submitted to the city of Vancouver show that the building will have two stories of parking for 172 cars on the north side. It also holds about 2,240 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.
Plans for the building are very rudimentary, Lorentz wrote in an email to The Columbian, and the owner of the project, Alliance Residential, is analyzing the viability of the plans.
The top five stories of the building will be constructed from wood, which is cheaper than concrete, according to the plans, signaling a cost-cutting savings that could be passed on to tenants. Plans also show a courtyard in the center of the building on the second level.