BURNABY (NEWS1130) – A public hearing is being held tonight in Burnaby to talk about a massive redevelopment proposal for Brentwood Mall.

The current plan includes 11 towers, including two that would be 70 stories.

The tallest building in Metro Vancouver right now is the 62-story Shangri-La in downtown Vancouver.

Brentwood Mall was one of the most modern shopping centres in western Canada when it opened in the early 1960s, but times have changed. The redevelopment would restore Brentwood’s status as a shopping destination.

The old mall would be transformed into a “town centre,” much like Metrotown on Kingsway in Burnaby. Along with more shopping, there would be condos and office space.

Brentwood Mall is already linked to the Millennium Line SkyTrain, while Metrotown is a stop along the original Expo Line system.

In order to make the project pedestrian friendly, it would include a massive public plaza that would be surrounded by shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

The redevelopment would take nearly 30 years to complete.

Renowned Vancouver architect James Cheng is the lead designer on this project.