New N2W development – A massive 2.9 million SF development southeast of the Richmond Olympic Oval has been proposed, making this master planned community nearly two-and-a-half times larger than Vancouver’s Olympic Village. Spearheaded by Westgem Communities Development and designed by GBL Architects, this projects will feature over a dozen buildings encompassing residential floors, condominiums, market rental housing and non-market rental housing. Higher building rooftops will be covered by solar panel arrays to achieve the project’s goal of 25% renewable energy. Other uses will include a new private school, a public park and a hotel at the southeast corner.
Oakridge Centre: The redevelopment plans for Oakridge Centre have undergone another major revision, making this the fourth time this project (currently under construction) has gone through changes. A new rezoning application submitted by QuadReal Property Group and Westbank calls for height increases of up to 100 ft, accommodating between two and nine additional floors on nearly all the buildings. Overall, this means a net increase of 775 new homes and a 377,260 SF increase on job space. These changes are fueled by the need to add more housing diversity and office space at a major transit node at the centre of Vancouver. Upon its full completion, the new Oakridge Centre will have over 7,000 residents and 6,000 permanent on-site jobs related to the retail, office, public park, and community centre.
Pacific Centre: Construction continues at the rotunda glass dome – a landmark structure at Cadillac Fairview Pacific Centre – which will be redeveloped into an expansion to the shopping centre. A two-storey retail pavilion retail building will replace this previously high-traffic interior mall lobby. While it has not been officially announced, all signs point to this new retail space being the new home of the Apple Store Vancouver flagship. It’s expected that this new store will replace the existing store inside the shopping mall, as all the design elements of the design application proposed by Perkins + Will Architects align with the overall form and aesthetic of other worldwide Apple Store flagship locations.
New Vision for Granville Street – The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association has released a report that showcases their new vision for Granville Street. This proposed transformation could hopefully attract residents and visitors to the street; retail vacancies have doubled in the past decade and a recent survey shower that Granville Street is now perceived as the most insecure area for both locals and tourists due to a perception of high crime levels. Recommendations include the creation of a permanent patio program, connecting the street to existing cycling and pedestrian networks, greening the street through a pocket park initiative , exploring alternative transit routed to slow down traffic and working with BC Housing to improve the living conditions of SROs along the street.
Coquitlam office tower – Cressey Development has submitted an application to develop a 14-storey office tower at a Coquitlam City Centre site, designed by Rositch Hemphill Architects. With a total floor area of about 78,000 SF, this tower will feature retail and restaurant space on the ground level, a strata office building, and outdoor amenity space (a fourth floor 4,900SF lounge space and BBQ bar and outdoor dining on the tower rooftop. Slated to reach completion by spring 2023, this is the fourth and final phase of the Metropolitan redevelopment, which already entails three constructed mixed-use buildings that are mainly residential.
Daiso – A new Daiso store will open this month at 810 Granville Street, occupying the until that was previously the Indigospirit bookstore just south of Robson Street. This Asian-branded discount retailer has expanded across the region, alongside similar brands such as Miniso and Mumuso. Daiso’s social media has reported that fixtures from Japan have just arrived for installation and their new presence in the Granville Entertainment District will be directly operated by Daiso Japan.