District of Squamish Council will vote on giving first reading to the town’s first net-zero mixed-use or apartment building in Downtown Squamish.
This application proposes to rezone the subject properties from Light Industrial to Creative Mixed-Use four-storey building. The building will be developed on 37799 and 37781 Second Avenue. There is a home on the latter, but 37799 is currently vacant.
The proposed development includes 2,622 square feet of employment space on the ground floor, 3,874 square feet of employment space and 2,920 square feet of outdoor amenity space on the second floor and 20 apartments on the third and fourth floors.
The unit mix includes 12 one-bedroom units, four two-bedroom units and four three-bedroom units. Four of the units will be secured as market rental, which represents 20% of the residential units.
The applicant will construct the building to a net-zero energy efficiency standards and no gas will be provided to any of the units in the building, including the non-residential space.
This project would represent the first net-zero mixed-use or apartment building in Squamish, according to a staff report to the Council. The applicant is proposing to give the District cash for seven commercial parking spaces, which is allowed by Downtown Squamish parking standards.
The applicant commits to build the project to a net-zero energy standard, to provide electric vehicle chargers at each residential parking stall, to employ rainwater retention and reuse technologies in building design, and provide public art on the east elevation of the building.