Vancouver City Hall is reviewing the height of condos in the heritage historic area of Downtown.
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Key Physical Characteristics of the Historic Area.Building Form: Predominantly rectilinear in shape, the Historic Area’s building form reflects the economic, social, and architectural character of early Vancouver, with most buildings constructed between 1886 and 1920. Older buildings have fine-grained detailing and ornamentation, and use rich building materials. Ground floor uses are primarily pedestrian oriented, with a variety of uses on upper floors. Height: A variation of predominantly low to mid-rise (2 to 7-storey) buildings creating a “sawtooth” streetwall pattern, with a limited number of taller buildings.Density: The average density for the area is 3.4 floor space ratio (FSR)Lot Size: Most building lots are 25-33 feet wide by 120 feet deep, with some lots as wide as 75-100 feet.Streets: Two major corridors, Main Street and Hastings Street, connect the Historic Area to the rest of Vancouver. There are two noticeable shifts in the east-west street grid at Columbia Street and Cambie Street.Open Spaces: Public spaces in the area have a very urban character and are used by residents and for community celebrations. There are no large open spaces within the Historic Area boundaries, however, two large parks are nearby (Andy Livingstone Park and Oppenheimer Park). Views and Natural Features: Burrard Inlet and the Port are to the north; modern high-rise development is to the south and west. Read more