The City of Port Moody is considering a new proposal that establishes a high-density, mixed-use center to frame the west end of St. Johns Street.
A prior application by 100 Developments to rezone and amend the official community plan for 2115-2131 St. Johns Street — the southwest corner of the intersection of Douglas Street and St. Johns Street — for redevelopment in a pair of 12-story buildings. The architecture firm is Bite Design Group.
The west building will be used for senior residences on the lower levels and market condominiums on the upper levels, while the east building will be used for offices, retail, restaurants and daycare.
The proposal includes 36 self-contained senior housing units with 50% affordable rental, 80 condominium units, 89,500 square feet of office space, 21,600 square feet of ground floor retail and dining space. floor and 3,500 square feet of childcare space. It is estimated that the combined commercial uses will support over 700 jobs on site.
Significant and unique community amenities are planned, including “Culture Alley” – an elevated plaza, a highly activated space, in the space between the two buildings. Culture Alley is conceptualized as a promenade, with an outdoor climbing wall on the face of the residential building, art installations and murals, a café and coworking spaces.
“This wall and boulder area would be the first of its kind in the Vancouver area and would attract climbers from across the region,” reads the application.
“Access to the outdoor space is the central theme of the project and the engine of the architectural concept. Access to outdoor space is crucial to the health and well-being of project residents, workers and the community beyond.
The office lobby will also serve as gallery space for local artists, and a prominent location on the grand staircase leading to Culture Alley will serve as studio space for a local artist.
The development site spans five large single-family lots, but the developer is also considering the full preservation and restoration of the Martha Johnston Residence built in 1908 at the easternmost end of the land assembly. The residence will be subject to a heritage revitalization agreement and new use as a medical practice, with the structure oriented around a landscaped sculpture park for a rotation of curated art.
City staff suggested the developer acquire the two properties beyond the western edge of the development site—2105-2109 St. Johns Street—for the purpose of restoring the riparian area of South Schoolhouse Creek.
In addition to the various public benefits, users of the buildings will have a wide range of private amenity spaces with views of Burrard Inlet and the mountains, such as an expansive outdoor amenity space on the roof of the building residential, with a barbecue area, lounge, walk in the meadows and space dedicated to the elderly. Workers in the office building will also have various rooftop terrace spaces.
According to the architect’s design logic, the irregular shape and cascading terraces of the two buildings are inspired by the jagged form of the local mountains and serve to reduce the feeling of mass.
Four underground levels will accommodate 325 vehicle parking spaces. The site is approximately a 20-minute walk from Moody Center station, serviced by the SkyTrain and West Coast Express.
The proposed total floor area is approximately 273,000 square feet, establishing a floor area ratio density of a floor area that is 6.3 times larger than the lot size of 43,600 square feet.