For years, warehouse space in Vancouver’s traditional industrial areas has been disappearing due to new non-industrial, mixed-use developments, but a newly proposed building in the Strathcona area offers a significant net gain, particularly for large-scale wholesale uses.
Wesgroup Properties has applied for a development permit at 1150 Raymur Avenue, immediately east of Strathcona Park.
The property is currently occupied by a 1951, two-story office and warehouse building that was long the headquarters and warehouse of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. In 2019, when the lease for the Strathcona facility ended, the board relocated to Burnaby.
The proposal, designed by TKAD Architecture and Design, features a 95-foot, five-story building with 135,000 square feet of wholesale space on the lower two levels and cargo loading bays overlooking Glen Drive to the east.
Three partial floors above the wholesale volume are used as 64,400 m² of office space. The podium roof over the wholesale volume doubles as an open-air area for workers.
The total floor area is nearly 200,000 square feet with an areal density of a floor area three times larger than the size of the 65,700 square foot lot. Two basement levels offer 247 parking spaces for vehicles.