Argyle Residences – North Vancouver
Wedgewood Ventures negotiated the sale of the Argyle School property with the North Vancouver School District in 2007. Located at 1131 Fredrick Road, south of Hastings Creek from the main school property, the parcel is separate from the school and predominantly an unused paved parking lot.
Following negotiations, Wedgewood held discussions with neighbours and District of North Vancouver staff. Those discussions provided valuable feedback which helped determine that a small, multi-family project was most appropriate for the site.
In September 2010, Wedgewood submitted a Detailed Development Application to the DNV that was reviewed by Municipal staff and District advisory groups.
As part of the application process, Wedgewood hosted a Public Information Meeting in March 2011 with a summary of the meeting provided to the DNV.
In early 2012, District staff presented to Council their report on the proposed development application, including a summary of the project and the outcome of the public information meeting.
Based on the report, at the April 2 council meeting Council recommended first reading for introduction of the required bylaws to amend the zoning and Official Community Plan.
The report can be viewed on page 23 of the Council meeting agenda while Council's recommendations and video of the council meeting can be viewed here.
Proposed concept plan.
The odd-shaped lot, with its proximity to Hastings Creek, presented initial design challenges, which in turn, became the inspiration for the creation of a unique site plan accented by aesthetic architectural and landscaping features.
The result is 'Argyle Residences'—four semi-detached townhomes, approximately 2,000 square feet in size. Entries are situated off a small cul-de-sac connected to Wendel Place. Each home will have sweeping views of the newly planted and restored riparian terrain leading to Hastings Creek.
This land use change—from a parking lot to the proposed townhome plan with extensive landscaping—will improve the creek-side environment, thereby improving the health and viability of Hastings Creek. The further use of green building practices, materials and design will make Argyle Residences a vibrant locality and desirable place to live.
As outlined in the DNV's application process, Wedgewood's application now proceeds to a Public Hearing held by the District on May 15. Neighbours will be directly notified of the meeting details which, will also be posted on the DNV's website along with the associated documents.