The large ground-level parking lot at Park Royal South could be replaced with a new redevelopment that provides 201 new homes.
The District of West Vancouver has received an amended rezoning application from the owners of Park Royal to build a mixed-use residential development at 752 Marine Drive – the shopping mall’s ground-level parking lot on the southwest corner of the intersection of Marine Drive and Taylor Way.
There will be two towers – an East Tower with 14 storeys and height of 156 ft and a West Tower with 11 storeys and height of 125 ft – on the 101,613-sq-ft lot.
“The intent is to relate the development to the scale of the adjacent West Royal Towers in marking the easterly gateway to West Vancouver,” reads the design rationale by local architectural firm DIALOG. “A bold, vertical expression in the architecture of the easterly building marks the corner of Taylor Way and Marine Drive.”
“Facades are designed on both buildings such that the north and east sides are more urban in quality, with greater solidity, while the south sides are bold with horizontal treatments in glass, open to waterfront views. The project aspires to respect the distinctive, west coast character of West Vancouver, while achieving greater sustainability through urban strategies and green building design.”
The East Tower contains 103 residential units and 6,800-sq-ft of commercial floor area on the ground level while the West Tower has 98 residential units, a 3,400-sq-ft daycare, and 11,436-sq-ft commercial floor area.
The project aims to provide a variety of housing, with 141 units for market housing, 49 units for market rental housing, and 11 units for non-market supportive units.
Within a portion of the complex that sits on Squamish First Nation Land, there will be a two-storey 9,627-sq-ft commercial building.
Proponents of the redevelopment plan to build significant public spaces at ground level surrounding the buildings, including a public plaza, landscaping, and generous pedestrian connections between the street, development, and adjacent shopping centre buildings.
To support the proposed density of 2.25 times the size of the site area (FSR), there will be 254 parking spaces and 285 secured bike parking spaces within underground levels.
If the amended rezoning redevelopment is approved, it will be another major change for West Vancouver’s main shopping mall, which has seen massive renewal and expansion projects over the past few years, including a new building that is home to Metro Vancouver’s only Simons department store.
Later this year, Cineplex will also open a new theatre complex at Park Royal South. It will consist of 11 screens featuring UltraAVX, VIP Cinemas, and traditional cinema screens.
The latest amended application is a significantly scaled down version of a previous proposal that called for more density and taller towers.