VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A massive redevelopment plan for Vancouver’s Oakridge Centre has cleared a hurdle.
City council has given its support, despite concerns from some people living nearby.
At a size equal to eight city blocks, the plan has the potential to transform that part of the city.
People living nearby are worried though, in part because towers could go as high as 45 storeys.
But City councillor Geoff Meggs sees it as a chance to maximize the benefits of the Canada Line. “I’m comfortable with the 45-storey height, which is always a lightning rod for people, because I feel it’s in the mid-range of what’s actually being built today in places that in my view will have less significance regionally down the road.”
Meggs says it’s an opportunity in a significant area of the city.
“It would be a tragedy if this project wound up seeming like a mall with residential on top of it. It has to be the centre of the southern part of the city, a new sub-centre of the city, if you like.”
Council is promising people will have more say in the project as it goes through its next steps.