A new 21-story rental housing tower at the southwest corner of the intersection of Robson and Nicola Streets in the West End of downtown Vancouver has reached its occupancy stage.
To this day, construction crews are still putting a few minor finishing touches on the lower exterior of the tower, but the original tenants of Chronicle, located at 825 Nicola Street, have now moved in.
The building has 128 secure rental units on the market for more than 250 people, with more than a third of the units designed for large families – containing two or three bedrooms.
This is the first new rental property on Robson Street in decades, particularly in the Lower Robson neighborhood. Chronicle was the first project on the Robson Street Corridor approved as part of the city’s West End Community Plan.
Construction on the project, owned by The Canada Life Assurance Company, began in early 2019. The project is developed and managed by GWL Realty Advisors, while IBI Group is the architect of the design.
“GWL Realty Advisors is proud to have brought new rental housing to Vancouver’s West End,” said Ralf Dost, president of GWL Realty Advisors, in a statement.
“Chronicle reflects our desire to build strong, engaged and liveable communities in cities like Vancouver. We look forward to welcoming individuals and families who want to love where they live, build a downtown life, and enjoy all that connected city life has to offer.
Residents have access to indoor and outdoor facilities such as fitness and yoga rooms. The entire roof of the tower is a leisure space with dining areas and seating. Other amenities include a pet spa with dog washing and grooming facilities, and an outdoor “bark playpen” for pets on the building’s second-story rooftop.
On the ground floor facing Robson Street, the tower has several retail and restaurant units totaling approximately 5,500 square feet of retail space.
Immediately east, just across the street, construction is progressing on the Landmark on Robson complex of Asia Standard Americas – the redevelopment of the Empire Landmark Hotel. It took some time for the complex to rise, after a painstaking demolition process of the 394-foot-high, 42-story hotel tower and deep excavation. Currently, both towers have reached about two-thirds of their final height of about 300 feet with 28 stories and 30 stories.
Landmark On Robson will have approximately 280 housing units, including 57 social housing units in the three-story podium of the driveway tower, and the rest in high-end condominiums. On the Robson Street side, the top two levels of the podium will have 32,000 square feet of office space, while the ground floor will feature retail and food service units, which will significantly activate the street and will help connect the commercial areas of Robson Village and Lower Robson. Construction is expected to be completed in 2023.