If all goes according to plan, a Vancouver fire hall could be redeveloped as a mixed-use asset that retains its original purpose.
The city is reviewing a rezoning application that would see Fire Hall No. 9 in the Commercial Drive neighbourhood replaced by a new, larger station with office space added on top. The office space would be used by Vancouver Fire Rescue Services senior administrators and fire investigators while serving as a department operation centre.
The rezoning application is intended to redesignate the hall as a comprehensive development district from its current RT-5 status, allowing for density and greater height in a largely residential area.
Vancouver-based architecture firm HCMA is designing the project, which aims to reduce the building’s embodied carbon possibly by using a mass timber structure, alternatives to concrete floor toppings and other low-carbon initiatives.
The hall site is located on Victoria Drive between East 2nd and 3rd avenues in the Commercial Drive neighbourhood.
Monte Stewart serves as Content Director - Canada for Connect Commercial Real Estate.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monte provides daily news coverage of major Canadian commercial real estate markets, including Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. He has written about the real estate sector for various media outlets and Avison Young since the early 2000s.
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