A significant mixed-use redevelopment is coming to the large 5.1-acre property at the southwest corner of No. 3 Road and Alderbridge Way in Richmond – across the street from the Canada Line’s Lansdowne Station.
The so-called Atmosphere complex entails seven buildings – totalling 932,000 sq. ft. of floor area – on a site that was formerly occupied by strip mall retail and light industrial uses.
It consists of 650,000 sq. ft. of residential area, with a mix of market, rental, and affordable housing options. Over 600 residential units for up to 1,800 residents will be built.
As well, the project calls for 65,000 sq. ft. of tech hub space, an 80,000 sq. ft. office building, and 60,000 sq. ft. of ground-floor retail.
The tallest of the buildings will reach 12 storeys, about 148 ft, meeting current height limitations mandated by the flight paths for YVR Airport.
This will be one of South Street Development Group’s largest projects to date. The initial design was created by W.T. Leung Architects before being refined by GBL Architects with a more simpler concept while retaining the essentials of the original massing.
A courtyard with gardens is located within the core of the redevelopment, surrounded by the buildings.
On the property’s southern end, a new road will be created as an extension of the road that begins from the main entry intersection into Lansdowne Mall.
The project is just one of approximately 15 multi-building redevelopments proposed, planned, or being built along the No. 3 Road corridor in North Richmond between Bridgeport Station and Brighouse-Richmond Station. This does not include standalone single-building developments.
On the northern end of the corridor is the planned future $4-billion waterfront redevelopment of the Richmond Night Market into an international shopping centre with hotels, entertainment venues, and convention space.
Next to the Richmond Night Market site is the International Trade Centre, an office and retail complex that will include a 110-room Opus Hotel.
In the area around Sea Island Way and Capstan Way along the No. 3 Road corridor, developers such as Concord Pacific, Pinnacle International, Yuanheng, and Polygon are behind redevelopments that will create dozens of buildings to house up to 16,000 people. These projects are also funding the $28-million cost of building the Canada Line’s new station at Capstan Way.
However, the largest project will be the redevelopment of the 50-acre Lansdowne Mall property across the street from Atmosphere. The redevelopment calls for a total of 24 mid-rise towers, reaching a height of no more than 154 ft, with podiums. This includes 22 residential towers and two office towers with a total floor area of over six million sq. ft.
During a media event today, Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie credited the Canada Line for being a catalyst for the developments that are providing Richmond with a well-defined downtown core.
“You just have to look at Richmond to see the effect on urban development and redevelopment that a very effective transportation system will have,” said Brodie. “We have refocused and redeveloped our downtown core, and it is all based around the Canada Line.”