- 155 West 1st Street, North Vancouver, BC (Time I)
- 175 West 1st Street, North Vancouver, BC (Time II)
Time as seen from West 1st Street
|Architect||Buttjes Architecture Inc.|
|Number of Units||265|
|Number of Floors||13 (Time I), 15 (Time II)|
|Type of Roof||PMR|
|155 West 1st Street, North Vancouver, BC (Time I)|
|Distance to Public Transit||1 block or less|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
Time is a two-phase project built as Seagate Ventures' second revitalization project for Lower Lonsdale. The first project was Q, located on the same block and constructed three years earlier. Originally, the area was strictly industrial but is rapidly becoming one of the highest density regions in Vancouver.
As part of the building permit agreement, the developer was also required to construct a community center known the John Braithwaite Community Recreation Centre.
The site was purchased by Seagate Ventures in 2002 at the cost of $8.4-million.
The developer believes that is Times location that made the project so successful.
Time is located on the 100 block of West 1st street, with the East building (Time I) just a half a block from the main street of Lonsdale Avenue, and the West building (Time II) sitting at the corner of West 1st and Chesterfield Avenue. It is only a few minutes' walk to a great many nearby amenities and in fact the Time building itself houses a bank, grocery store, a Shoppers' Drug Mart, a Boston Pizza and an ice cream store.
Other nearby amenities include a cinema, various coffee shops and the Lonsdale Quay which is less than a five minutes' walk away. Lonsdale Quay houses the SeaBus passenger community ferry to downtown, a 15 minute journey, and a bus depot from which one can get to just about anywhere on the North Shore.
The retail units incorporated within the building itself include a grocery store, a drug store, and office spaces.
The North shore mountains have two ski hills, Grouse mountain and Mount Seymore.
Time is a concrete building, and construction began in 2003. The general contracting was done by Metro-Can Construction Ltd., a Vancouver-area general contractor of over 40 years. Much of the exterior is clad with brick, giving Time and some of the surrounding neighbourhood its own distinctive look. Sunco Drywall was responsible for dry walling the interior suites at Time and the windows were installed by Allied Windows Ltd. Both towers, Time I and Time II house two elevators each.
During construction, the developer worked close with the city department. Since the city supported the project, they offered zoning flexibility and marketing in the Lower Lonsdale region.
Residents of neighboring buildings voiced their concerns about losing their views due to the buildings height. After many meetings and public open houses, the height of the building was eventually lowered.
The Community Center initiated some financial challenges, which were eventually solved and integrated into the bid package.
Layout and Features
Time I, the East tower, is 13 stories high and contains 151 total units ranging from studio suites, to 1 bedroom and 1 bedroom plus den suites, to 2 bedroom suites, and even penthouse level suites and ground-floor town homes. The unit sizes range from 46 square metre apartments, to 140 square metre townhouses.
- 353 parking spaces for both residential and commercial users
- 70 bicycle spaces
- John Braithwaite Community Centre
- storage lockers
- bike storage
- landscaped grounds
- sculpture feature
The bylaws currently allow for unrestricted rentals. There are no restrictions on an occupant's or owners age. Occupants may have up to two pets, including dogs. There is no restriction on patio barbecues. Hardwood, engineered, laminate, cork or tile flooring are all permissible provided that owners use sufficient underlay to mitigate sound transference.
The grocery store features a green roof. Green roofs are not only aesthetically appealing to the residence looking down onto it, but they also contribute to protecting the environment by reducing the heat-island effect and by reducing the speed of storm water run off which removes stress from the city's infrastructure.
Vancouver encourages sustainable living. They have helpful tips on their website informing people of simple ways to improve the city and make it a greener area. Some of their tips are:
- reduce energy used for heating water, do laundry with cold water
- be mindful of groceries that come in recyclable packaging
- try to keep errands local, reduced travel distance means reduced exhaust emissions
There is also a recycling service throughout the neighborhood.
- Lonsdale Quay Market originated as a carnival-style market for Expo '86. The market consits of artists, food vendors, and restaurants.
- Moodyville, now Moodyville park, is the oldest settlement on Burrard Inlet. It attracted people with its logging industry, and raw mountain terrain
- Originally, the area of Lonsdale was swamplands
- Lonsdale had a large shipbuilding market during World War II 
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