The site consists of eleven fifty foot lots continuously on one street front and framed by a continuous row of coniferous trees. The east end of the long lot borders on higher density development. The existing duplexes on the site have reached the end of their viable lifespan.
The proposal introduces a variety of unit types and sizes to embrace a range of economic demographics- from studio to 3 bedroom units- in a courtyard development that establishes an aspect of community within the site itself.
To maintain and respect the row of trees, the parking garage was set back form the street and set into the ground half a level. This garage is fronted on the street by two-storey units that have front doors on the street, creating ‘eyes on the street’ and animating the streetscape. The development is broken at the T-intersection of 69th Avenue, and this is recognised with the courtyard entry to the street. Here the three storey rows of townhouses increase to a 6 storey apartment block that defines the intersection. This taller block is stepped back to the south to respect both the sunlight potential and to avoid overlook of the existing houses beyond the adjacent lane.
The lane is animated with Live Work units that have frontage on the lane as a means to add a level of urban experience to the community.