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Planned 22-storey tower at 15th and Lonsdale heads to public hearing

The proposed highrise borrows density from Centennial Theatre and Norseman Park to meet CNV's official community plan.

This article has been updated to reflect that a public hearing for the planned 115 East Keith Rd. development has been set for Monday, May 16 at 6 p.m.

A proposed Lonsdale highrise would bring a slew of new housing density to North Van’s busiest community.

On Monday, city council passed first and second readings for a planned 22-storey apartment on 15th Street near Lonsdale Avenue.

The proposal will now move to a public hearing, which is set for 6 p.m. on Monday, May 9 at City Hall.

If the project ends up getting full approval, it will be one of the highest-density residential buildings in the area. It will be so dense that, to conform with the official community plan, the development involves a significant transfer of excess density from Centennial Theatre and Norseman Park.

The transferred density from the Harry Jerome Neighbourhood Lands “will allow for the delivery of new employment-generating uses and residential strata units, which would contribute to economic growth along the Lonsdale corridor and provide new housing stock in the city,” reads a report from city staff.

Mayor Linda Buchanan noted the density was similar to the Centreview building at 1308 Lonsdale Ave.

The new apartment, located at 114-132 West 15th St., would house 136 residential strata units: 38 one-bedroom units (28 per cent), 77 two-bed units (57 per cent) and 21 three-bed units (15 per cent).

A total of 198 parking spaces would be provided on the property, as well as 204 bike spaces. At a Jan. 5 meeting, North Van city’s Integrated Transportation Committee received a presentation recommending larger bike-parking facilities and car-share parking.

The first two levels of the proposed building would be filled with commercial business and rental units. Currently, the property is home to a two-storey business plaza.

Also at Monday’s meeting, council approved a first and amended second reading of a rezoning application for a six-storey rental apartment at 115 East Keith Rd. The amendment involved capping small-car parking spaces on the property at 39 per cent.

That development is now set for a public hearing as well, on Monday, May 16 at 6 p.m.

The Keith Road proposal, first presented to council last October, is part of a pilot project for a streamlined approval process that involves early community consultation and earlier council consideration.

A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that a public hearing for the proposed 114-132 West 15th St. building would be held at noon on May 9. The correct time is 6 p.m.