Concord

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1328 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, BC

Concord
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The Concord in downtown Vancouver, BC
Building Information
Developer Concord Pacific
Architect Henriquez and Partners
Management Company Rancho Property Management Services
Number of Units 86
Number of Floors 23
Year Built 2003
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1328 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Over 50 nearby routes
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD - 1 (297)
Title of Land Freehold Strata


Contents

Background

A scene from Expo 86 in Vancouver

Prior to the 1980s, the area in Vancouver known as False Creek North was primarily an industrial wasteland, and was used as a rail yard for the Canadian Pacific Railway. By 1979 the prospects of Expo 86 loomed, and the land was sold to the BC government for development in preparation for the World’s Fair.

The Transpo 86 Corporation Act was passed in 1980, and the plans for Expo 86 were put into motion shortly thereafter. Construction began in October of 1983, with Queen Elizabeth II presiding over the breaking ground ceremony. Construction on the site was completed in 1985, with Expo Centre opening on May 2nd, 1985 and Expo 86 beginning exactly one year later. The 1986 incarnation of the World’s Fair ran from May 2nd to October 13th, 1986, and is cited as a turning point in the history of Vancouver’s present designation as a major tourist destination.

After Expo 86 was completed, the land of False Creek was put forth for aggressive urban development and in 1988, False Creek North was sold to the development company Concord Pacific, headed by Hong Kong businessman Li Ka-Shing. Development in the area was slow to start, as Concord Pacific’s initial plans for the area were rejected by city planners and the public alike, but development soon ramped up and the ensuing residential developments ultimately brought over 50,000 new residents into the downtown core of Vancouver.

Today, False Creek North is home to over 100 apartment units per acre and the Concord building is right at the heart of this development, occupying prime real estate along Marinaside Crescent, with almost three full sides of the building enjoying unobstructed waterside views.[1]

Location

The Concord building is located in False Creek North in the downtown core of Vancouver, British Columbia. The land of False Creek was originally developed as part of Vancouver’s Expo 86, and during this time, many iconic structures were built in the area, including Science World, BC Place Stadium, and the Plaza of Nations. Today, False Creek is heavily populated with high rise condominium developments, and is known for its lively nightlife, trendy restaurants, and the seawall pedestrian path that runs along the waterfront of the neighborhood.

False Creek is also close to many of Vancouver’s main tourist destinations, including Canada Place, Gastown, Granville Island, English Bay, Stanley Park, Chinatown, and the Granville Entertainment District. The Canada Line rapid transit tunnel runs underneath False Creek, with a stop in neighboring Yaletown, and there are numerous additional bus and Skytrain routes that service the downtown. False Creek is even home to a couple of small ferry boat services, with both the Aquabus and the False Creek Ferry company offering shuttle service to various points along False Creek. [2]

With a walk score of 85 out of 100, residents of the Concord will find that most of their daily errands can be completed on foot, but with a transit score of 100 out of 100, any items requiring a longer travel distance can easily be done through public transit. With a bike score of 92 out of 100, cyclists will find many excellent bike lanes nearby, although these lanes traverse over some hills.[3]

Construction

The Concord was part of the building boom that transformed False Creek from an industrial wasteland into one of the biggest urban regeneration projects in North America following the conclusion of Expo 86 in Vancouver. In 1988, the development company Concord Pacific bought the land of False Creek North for well under market value in a move that caused much commentary, as did Concord Pacific’s initial plan for False Creek North. Concord Pacific ultimately worked with city planners to create a neighborhood that is both dense in housing units and public spaces. Built from a solid concrete frame, the Concord building was completed in May of 2003, and was designed by the architectural firm of Henriquez and Partners.[4]

Layout and Features

Standing 23 stories with 21 stories above ground, the Concord holds 86 apartment units ranging in size from 1,500 to 2,800 square feet. All apartments have a minimum of two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and most units have their own balconies. These apartments contain many luxury features and finishes, including stunning views of the False Creek waterfront, high ceilings, over sized windows, embedded fibre optic technology, central air conditioning, walk in closets, and in suite laundry.[5]

Floor Plans

While there are no floor plans freely available for this building, floor plans may be purchased at Vancouverfloorplans.com

Amenities

Residents of the Concord enjoy many luxury amenities, including:

  • 24 hour Concierge Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam Room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Resident Lounge with kitchen
  • Screening Room
  • Private parking garage[6]


Bylaws

Concord Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



  • This building allows for pets with restrictions on large exotic animals.
  • This building allows for rentals, although there are a maximum of 8 units allowed to be rented within the building at any given time.
  • There are no age restrictions for this building.[7]

Sustainability

While the Concord Pacific is not LEED certified, it is located in Vancouver, a city known for its sustainability awareness and green living initiatives.

The downtown core of Vancouver is home to numerous bike lanes, as well as dozens of transit options, and Vancouver employs extensive recycling programs.

Should residents wish to help improve the overall sustainability of their building in the future, they can do so by installing more energy efficient materials and appliances when updating/renovating their apartments.

Trivia

  • In 2008, the Concord was voted the 5th Top Building in Vancouver.[8]
  • Prince Charles and Princess Diana attended the opening ceremonies of Expo 86, located at BC Place Stadium in False Creek.[9]
  • The Concord is the flagship building of Concord Pacific’s residential development in False Creek.[10]


References

  1. Wikipedia - Expo 86
  2. Wikipedia - False Creek
  3. Walk Score
  4. Pacific Northwest Architecture
  5. Concord Pacific
  6. 671700
  7. BC Condos
  8. Vancouver Condo
  9. Wikipedia - Expo 86
  10. Emporis


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