Aqua At The Park

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550 Pacific Street, Vancouver, BC

Aqua At The Park
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Aqua At The Park
Building Information
Developer Concord Pacific
Architect IBI-HB Architects
Management Company Crosby Property Management
Number of Units 148
Number of Floors 27
Year Built 2005
Construction Method Concrete
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550 Pacific Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Over 50 transit routes nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

550 Pacific Street
Trendy Yaletown is one of Vancouver's downtown neighbourhoods bordered by False Creek, Robson Street, and Homer Street. Once a heavy industrial area dominated by warehouses and rail yards, extensive development following Expo 86 has transformed the area into one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in the city. The marinas, parks, high rise apartment blocks, and converted heritage buildings form one of the most significant urban regeneration projects in North America. [1]


Vancouver's False Creek waterfront is one of the great natural settings for a cultured urban lifestyle. Aqua at the Park is located steps to the waterfront where residents can enjoy an unparalleled range of recreational amenities. Residents' lifestyles are further enhanced by the proximity of marinas, miles of seawall & beaches linked to Stanley park, the Aquabus to Granville Island market just a short distance away and close proximity to the downtown core, shops, restaurants and cultural venues


Location

Aqua At The Park
Former train platforms, now walkways
Aqua at the Park is located at the corner of Pacific Street and Richards Street on the former Expo 86 lands. It is just southwest of the heart of Yaletown and its wealth of shops and restaurants for area residents. Lovely Geaorge Wainborn park is just across the street and the Aquabus to Granville Island a short walk away. Those wanting a longer walk can follow the Seawall all the way around downtown to Stanley Park and The West End.

Yakletown was built up and developed following Expo 86. The land had been owned by the city but was sold to Hong Kong-based developer Li Ka-shing who initiated an extensive urban renewal process on the area.

Yaletown got it’s name when many of the residents of the town of Yale, some 240 kilometers east of Vancouver relocated. Yale had been the center of the Fraser Valley gold rush and also home to the Canadian Pacific Railroad’s shops. When the railway was extended to Vancouver the CPR moved its shops and yards to the north shore of False Creek and the Yale based workers followed suit. Springing up around the rail yards and buildings were numerous factories and warehouses, some of which survive today.

Yaletown and the former Expo lands were part of a very detailed and strictly controlled development plan. The result is that a wonderful network of parks, walkways, marinas, schools and offices are mixed in with the steel and glass high rises that surround the core of Yaletown. While virtually none of the original housing from the 19th century survives, several older buildings from the industrial days have been preserved, mainly on Hamilton Street and Mainland Street, two mostly intact street-scapes from that era. They are lined with rustic brick warehouses built on rail platforms that have been converted into offices and loft style apartments. Trendy boutique stores, bars and restaurants line the streets at ground level. [2]

Construction

Standing 93.6 meters tall with 27, 148 aprtments floors and 309 parking spots, Aqua At The Park was built by Concord Pacific in 2005. Concord Pacific has been a major force in the development of Yaletown and the former Expo lands. They have since branched out and taken their expertise in master-planned communities to developments around Ontario, in Calgary and in the Okanagan.

Aqua was designed by IBI Group, which is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm offering services in four core disciplines: Urban Land, Facilities, Transportation and Intelligent Systems. IBI have 80 offices located around the world, employing more than 3,000 professionals and support staff. They are the fourth largest architectural firm in the world, with more than 300 architects on their staff of planners, designers, and engineers. work spans five continents.

IBI Group’s completed building projects include high-rise residential towers, retail facilities, mixed-use retail/residential buildings, educational facilities, hospitals and medical research facilities, hotels, shopping centers, stadiums and more. Some notable projects are the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, the Residences at The Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, the new campus of the American University in Cairo and the new expansion to the MotorCity Casino and Hotel in Detroit.[3]

Layout and Features

Aqua was designed to provide a total environment of high style and comfort, light and space. Features include gas stoves, stainless steel appliances, granite and stone counter tops and tile, and Euro-style cabinetry. All suites are wired for high speed connectivity as part of the digital neighbourhood and sport in suite laundry. Each unit has a wide open balcony where residents can enjoy their morning coffee and catch the salty morning breezes off the nearby ocean.

The maintenance fee includes a caretaker, garbage pickup, gardening, gas, hot water, recreational facilities and management. [4]

Floor Plans

Aqua at the Park features units ranging from one bedroom to two bedroom and den units ranging in size from 749 to 1060 square feet. There are also two and three bedroom penthouses with up to 1600 square feet of space as well as large outdoor decks.[5]

Amenities

Ownership at Aqua comes membership at the Super Club, this resort-style facility where residents can enjoy the indoor pool and spa, squash court, Hollywood style screening room and much more. Amenities include a concierge, steam room, fitness centre, outdoor terrace, guest suite, lounge, multi-purpose room with kitchen, sauna, spa-style treatment rooms, squash court and jacuzzi. The Super Club is also wheelchair accessible

Super Club facilities are shared with neighbouring buildings at 1495 Richards and 583 Beach Crescent.

Bylaws

Aqua At The Park Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


Aqua at the Park has minimal restrictions on pets (maximum of two pets, no vicious dogs), allows rentals and does not restrict the age of residents.

Sustainability

Aqua At The Park is not designated as a "green" building.

However, residents can live a greener lifestyle by doing things such as switching to CFL or LED light bulbs for their homes, recycling as much waste as possible and by limiting the use of a car for their day to day needs.

The wealth of shops, restaurants, and cafes nearby mean that nearly all day to day errands can be accomplished on foot.

Upscale grocery stores Urban Fare and Choices are a few blocks away. The Aquabus to Granville Island and its popular market is nearby.

Easy availability of more than 50 transit routes and car shares nearby mean that car ownership can be optional for residents.[6]

Trivia

Science World
  • The site upon which Aqua on the Park was built was the home of the Republic of Korea's pavilion during Expo 86.
  • The Yaletown area is home to 27 heritage sites as listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register as well as the famous Roundhouse Community Centre, which is a provincial heritage site.[7]
  • Canada’s first gas station opened in 1907 at the southeast corner of Cambie and Smythe (now spelled Smithe) in Yaletown. This station was operated by the Imperial Oil Company, where pails were hand-dipped into a large wooden barrel of gasoline and then transferred to cars. Obviously long before any environmental or health and safety regulations!
  • Vancouver's Science World was constructed for Expo 86 and served as the Expo Centre. During the world’s fair, the pavilion housed the Futures Theatre. The film A Freedom to Move was featured in the OMNIMAX® Theatre. The Science World ‘golf ball’ is actually a geodesic dome, the design of which was created by American inventor R. Buckminster Fuller.


References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Wikipedia
  3. IBI Group website
  4. Vancouver Condos
  5. Developer's website
  6. Walk Score
  7. Yaletown Info


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