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Warehouses proposed for old English Pit site in east Vancouver

Property not zoned for warehouses; area future home of HP campus

By , Columbian staff writer

Part of east Vancouver’s old English Pit mining property could eventually be home to two industrial warehouses.

The conceptual proposal is for warehouses sized about 294,500 square feet and 132,000 square feet respectively, according to development application documents submitted to the city of Vancouver. It also includes plans for parking, loading and traffic circulation areas.

The area planned for the buildings is not currently zoned for warehouses but for employment center mixed use, which prohibits them.

The city created a subarea plan for the old mining area, known as Section 30, in 2009, aiming to attract technology and family-wage jobs, with plans for offices, shopping and easy access to recreation.

The project has been proposed by Panattoni Development Company, an Irvine, Calif.-based developer with an office in Seattle.

The warehouses would be leased to users, said Bjorn Brynestad, development manager at Panattoni. The company expects one or two tenants would occupy each building.

The 35.65-acre property is currently owned by DIRG LLC, but Panattoni expects to purchase the land next year and then build the warehouses.

Panattoni purchased 9 acres from the Port of Ridgefield in 2019, where it built a 117,415-square-foot industrial building.

The two buildings combined would include 405,175 square feet of warehouse space and 21,325 square feet of office space. The first building would have 52 dock-high doors and two grade level doors. It’s proposed 339 parking stalls. The second building would have 28 dock-high doors and two grade-level doors with 176 parking stalls.

There would be two driveways for the property — one along Northeast 192nd Avenue and one off Southeast First Street.

Another part of the old English Pit mining area, which is split into several properties, will be home to HP’s new, large campus. Vancouver City Council approved the master plan for that 68-acre project in May of last year.

The city expects to begin improvements to Southeast First Street in the area this spring. A protected bicycle track, detached sidewalk, sound walls and a roundabout at 184th Avenue are all planned to be part of the improvements. The city plans to complete construction in late 2023.