A revised proposal to redevelop the former Brickhouse bar and adjacent lot at Main and Union heads to a public hearing next month, with plans to commemorate Hogan’s Alley.
Bonnis Properties has been working to get the site redeveloped for years, and the project heads to public hearing on February 9, 2021. It’s now known as Main & Union, and the height has been reduced, from 16 to 11 storeys. The architect remains the same, Studio One Architecture.
There will be 19 social housing units on levels two and three, and 75 strata condominiums on levels four to 11. There will be four levels of underground parking with 67 parking space and 195 bicycle spaces.
Rendering of Main & Union building. Credit: Studio One Architecture
In addition, the social housing indoor and outdoor amenity spaces have been expanded, although the project still has a so-called “poor door” — a separate entrance and lobby for social housing residents from the strata residents.
Over 30 per cent of the strata units will be two bedrooms or larger.
Built like a Brickhouse
Most Vancouverites know the project site as the location of the Brickhouse, an iconic bar on Main Street. The building was built at the turn of the century, and renovated in the mid-1960s. It has served as a popular watering hole for decades. Although it will be demolished, the developer plans to save elements of the façade and incorporate them into the design of the new ground floor retail units, which will feature large overhead doors.