Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Construction Cranes Rises in City West

With the recent installation of a tower crane, construction is now going vertical at City West's massive Sixth & Bixel development.

Work kicked off for the $200 million project last year, when Vancouver-based Holland Partner Group began converting a 1920s medical office tower at the corner Sixth Street and Lucas Avenue into apartments.  The eight-story edifice, designed by A.C. Martin, will consist of 42 residential units when open in mid-2015.  Holland Partner Group will reserve 27 of the building's units as affordable housing, in accordance with a density bonus granted to the project.

The project also includes the construction of two colorful six-story buildings, designed by architecture firm Togawa Smith Martin.  The low-rise structures will comprise an additional 606 residential units, seated above 25,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and a 762-car garage.  Plans call for a slew of residential amenities in this phase of the project, including a fitness center, an outdoor pool, and multiple rooftop decks.

A complete build out of the 900,000-square-foot complex is expected by late 2016.  By total number of residential units, Sixth & Bixel is the currently the second largest development under construction in Downtown, following Carmel Partners' monolithic G8 apartments.


  1. Nice to see some new non-affordable and veteran housing going up in City West. That side of the freeway is still missing a nice grocery store and hotel options. Any idea if the new Bixel Lucas project will have a grocery retail component? Are any hotels planned for City West? I saw the other day there are some for Koreatown adjacent areas but anything closer to the 110?

    1. The rendering does have a "Grocery Market" on the ground floor, so I suppose that is on the table. Haven't heard anything concrete, though.

      There's is a small hotel project planned in City West, but it's an expansion of an existing establishment rather than a brand new development.