Massive redevelopments are coming to the No. 3 Road corridor in Richmond’s emerging City Centre area, and this new large proposal promises to be no ordinary cookie-cutter design.
The municipal government has received a rezoning application from Townline Ventures to redevelop 5671 No.3 Road – a large 2.2-acre property on the northwest corner of No. 3 Road and Lansdowne Road, replacing a number of single-storey strip mall buildings, Richmond Centre for Disability, and the five-storey Milan Ilich Arthritis Research Centre.
It is immediately south of the proposed Atmosphere mixed-use redevelopment and just across from the Canada Line’s Lansdowne Station.
Designed by local architectural firm Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership, the proposal calls for four towers sitting on top of a site-wide podium, with three 10-storey residential towers designed with an exterior that offers a unique faux appearance of slanted floor plates.
The 12-storey office tower on the southwest corner of the lot has a standalone design of a smooth, seamless glass curtain wall with softened corners.
The residential component entails a total of 365 homes, including 354 market residential units and 20 affordable housing units.
There will also be 77,740-sq-ft of office space and 19,279-sq-ft of retail space, contained within the podium’s ground level.
Private common outdoor spaces for both the residents and commercial spaces are proposed for the rooftop of the podium, including a children’s play space, a dog walk, urban agriculture, a swimming pool, and outdoor lounge areas. These outdoor spaces are directly linked to the indoor amenity spaces.
As part of the project, the developer is required to include a 6,000-sq-ft public community facility and dedicate a 33-ft width of its southern frontage along the length of Lansdowne Road for the new Lansdowne Linear Park that extends through the site.
Lansdowne Road will also be widened into the site to allow for a five-ft-wide boulevard, along the site’s western frontage a new north-south road is proposed to support the development. Additionally, 548 vehicle parking stalls are included in the application.
Overall, the project will have a total floor area of 389,625-sq-ft, giving it a floor area ratio density of four times the size of its lot.
A growing number of major redevelopments are planned for the area, including: