The City of Richmond is preparing to launch public consultation on the redevelopment of Lansdowne Centre in Richmond, which will include 24 new towers.
The owner of the shopping centre, Vanprop Investments Ltd., wants to redevelop the existing 50-acre mall property with 22 residential towers and two office towers, as well as new retail space, and a new 10-acre city park.
The plan aims to concentrate the greatest density within 400 metres of the existing Lansdowne Canada Line station. Maximum building heights will be 45 metres, as all building heights in Richmond are constrained by the proximity of the Vancouver International Airport.
A new east-west road and the extension of Hazelbridge Way and Cooney Road through the site are also proposed to improve transportation linkages. Hazelbridge Way is envisioned as a new retail “high street,” lined with shopping, restaurants and cafés.
A city-owned amenity building, such as a community or recreation centre, is planned for the corner of Lansdowne and No. 3 Road, adjacent to a proposed civic plaza. The city envisions the plaza as a space for large events and activities like Canada Day celebrations, outdoor movies and seasonal festivals.
However, don’t expect Lansdowne Centre to disappear anytime soon; the developer told Business in Vancouver last year that they could do up to 10 years of development around the mall property before even touching the shopping centre.
The redevelopment of Lansdowne Centre comes at a time when other shopping centres in the Lower Mainland are embarking on — or already constructing — new residential towers on the massive parking lots surrounding their properties.
Shape Properties is redeveloping Brentwood Town Centre and Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby, adding 11 new residential towers at Brentwood, and up to 23 towers at Lougheed, as well as expanding the amount of retail space at both malls.
Public consultation on the Lansdowne redevelopment plan will wrap in Spring 2018, and the developer’s plans should be available to the public to view in-person at Lansdowne Centre in the new year.