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Holy Trinity Cathedral Revitalization

514 Carnarvon St.  New Westminster, BC

Holy Trinity Cathedral Community

  • Kwantlen First Nation
  • New Westminster Business Improvement Association
  • New Westminster Chamber of Commerce
  • New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society
  • Pacific Immigrant Resource Society
  • Fraser Health
  • And more

Project Overview

Conwest Developments Ltd. and Holy Trinity Cathedral are proposing to redevelop, seismically upgrade, and restore the Holy Trinity Cathedral currently located on 514 Carnarvon Street and develop a 30-storey residential tower with a mix of market condo and secured market rental units. The project will provide a significant benefit to the neighborhood and the City of New Westminster and delivers on several community objectives.

Applicant Led Open House

In Person Open House

Date: Tuesday, November 30th, 2021
Time: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Location:
Holy Trinity Cathedral – Upper Hall, 514 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster

Virtual Open House

Date: Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Zoom Details:
Meeting ID – 819 7069 2361

CONSULTANT TEAM

LOCATION

The site of the proposed development is bordered to the north by Carnarvon Street, to the south by Clarkson Street, within blocks east of Fourth Street and within half a block west of Sixth Street. The site is located adjacent to the Columbia Skytrain station and in proximity to Westminster Pier Park and Royal Avenue.

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HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL DEVELOPMENT VISION

HOUSING

The project will deliver 14 secured market rental housing units along with 271 market ownership units. The different forms of housing proposed along with the new Parish Hall, ground level plaza, and rooftop amenities will provide opportunities for social connectivity and livability.

CULTURE AND
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The project will deliver a revitalized cathedral and create a new Parish Hall to continue to deliver community services. The Parish Hall will continue to provide space for community functions, a sense of belonging for disadvantaged populations, and space and programming for recovery and health programs.

ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE

The project will meet BC Energy Step Code and utilize best practices for construction. The restoration of the Cathedral also minimizes the use of new materials, reducing the development’s environmental impact. The proximity to transit, car share program, bike share station, bike maintenance room, EV outlets and end of trip facility will also serve to encourage walking, cycling and transit use.

FACILITIES, INFRASTRUCTURE & PUBLIC REALM

The project will provide a safe, accessible public walkway between Carnarvon and Clarkson St., a public elevator to accommodate the sloping site, and a publicly accessible plaza to provide a community gathering space.

RECONCILIATION, INCLUSION,
& ENGAGEMENT

The project will include a variety of initiatives toward reconciliation which include, preservation of language through interpretive signage and signage in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, opportunity for incorporation of First Nation artwork, and indoor and outdoor space for programming to support Indigenous communities.

SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION

The project is within close proximity to a transit station, includes a car share program, public bike share station, bike maintenance room, end of trip facility and electric car outlets.

Heritage Revitalization

HISTORY

Holy Trinity Cathedral is known for its historical and architectural significance and community value. The cathedral is a significant historical resource in the City of New Westminster as its history dates to 1859. The cathedral is also of architectural significance known for its Gothic Revival style, which contributes to the importance of its restoration. Holy Trinity Cathedral also has a long history and tradition of community involvement and service.

SUBJECT PROPERTY: Holy Trinity Cathedral
ADDRESS: 514 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster, BC
CONSTRUCTION DATE: 1867 (Reconstructed 1898-99)
HERITAGE STATUS: New Westminster Heritage Register

Heritage Restoration

The Holy Trinity Cathedral has been structurally assessed and seismic upgrade work and rehabilitation has been proposed to ensure life safety, longevity and stability of the building under earthquake loading. The intent of the heritage rehabilitation is to preserve the character-defining elements and restore missing or deteriorated elements, while also improving the safety and functionality of the building.

The scope of the restoration includes:

  • Designing and installing a steel framed structure in the Cathedral ceiling including a new roof diaphragm.
  • Replacing existing brick buttresses with steel plate structure and associated micro pile foundations.
  • Designing and installing a steel framed truss structure in the bell tower with associated micro foundation system.
  • Connecting new steel structure to existing structure to ensure it works together as one system.
  • Rehabilitate the stained-glass windows and doors.
  • And more.

HERITAGE DESIGN RESPONSE

The overall massing concept envisions the new structure to be read in conjunction with and complementary to the historic structure. The proposed design response of the new construction in relation to the existing Cathedral was to make the form, material and detailing of the new elements compatible with the character of the existing Cathedral.

PROJECT STATISTICS

2019 PROPOSAL CURRENT PROPOSAL
FLOOR SPACE RATIO 6.2 6.3
GROSS BUILDING AREA 210,390 sq.ft 229,117.3 sq.ft
NUMBER OF STOREYS 30 30
TOTAL UNITS 245 285
MARKET RENTAL UNITS 30 14
ADAPTABLE UNITS 125 (51%) 114 (40%)
FAMILY-FRIENDLY UNITS 78 (32%) 128 (44.91%)
PARKING STALLS 210 200

Timeline

PAST CONSULTATION

Past consultation has included various meetings with First Nations, stakeholder groups, and an Open House held on March 14, 2018.

Some past consultation has included the following:

  • Meetings with the Kwantlen First Nation
  • Meetings with New Westminster Business Improvement Association
  • Meetings with New Westminster Downtown Residents Association
  • Meeting with New Westminster Chamber of Commerce
  • Meeting with New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society
  • Meeting with Pacific Immigrant Resource Society
  • Meeting with Fraser Health
  • Various Strata Information Sessions

Contact

Connect with us by email at info@514carnarvon.com or call us at 604-293-3477.

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This project has been posted on the Be Heard New West website.