Park Royal considers adding more storeys to residential towers

An artist's rendering of how the former White Spot site at Park Royal will look when construction on two new residential towers is complete. Developer Larco has been “testing the waters” with conversations in the community to see if there is support for taller towers |Graphic supplied

Park Royal may be looking to add storeys to its already approved towers at 752 Marine Dr.

The developer, Larco, has been “testing the waters” with conversations in the community to see if there is support for taller towers “in exchange for some kind of community benefit,” according to the District of West Vancouver.

But the district emphasized the plan is very much preliminary.

“The District has not received an application from Larco for anything related to this development. If an application were submitted in the future, staff would assess it in relation to current policy, which, in this case, is the Marine Drive corridor local area plan,” said Donna Powers, district spokeswoman.

The previous council approved the towers in a 4-3 vote in May 2018 following a two-night public hearing. Park Royal has been given the OK to build 203 rental units, 11 of which would be reserved for affordable housing, in 11- and 14-storey towers, a daycare facility and 29,000 square feet of commercial space.

That iteration of the plan was made to comply with the district’s Marine Drive local area plan adopted by council a year earlier, which capped heights for the former White Spot site at 12 and 14 storeys.

Park Royal vice-president Rick Amantea said it couldn’t comment on the specifics of the proposal and that it would come before council “only if the idea resonates in the community and has merit.”

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