A semi-geodesic, gem-like design is planned for a key public amenity building at the massive redevelopment of Lansdowne Centre.
As part of the 50-acre redevelopment of its Richmond shopping centre property, Vanprop Investment Inc. is planning to build a landmark community centre at the southwest corner of the sprawling site – right next to the Canada Line’s Lansdowne Station.
The community centre serving the so-called Lansdowne District will have a 53,000 sq. ft. floor area, and it helps frame the new large civic plaza also planned for the redevelopment’s corner. Other buildings and uses that will frame the plaza include a 148-ft-tall office building, retail, and the station structure.
And of course, its design is placemaking and creates a sense of place for those arriving into Lansdowne District from SkyTrain.
At the moment, the property owner is seeking a City approval of its master land use plan for the property, which will guide future rezoning.
The scale of this mixed-use project is almost unprecedented in the region; there will be four million sq. ft. of floor area within predominantly mid-rise buildings, with office and retail space – including a new T&T Supermarket – on the western side of the site and residential on the eastern side.
A total of 24 mid-rise towers, not including the lower level podiums, are envisioned for the site.
Thousands of residential spaces and employment positions will be generated by this neighbourhood-sized redevelopment.
About 10% of the overall size of the property will be used as public spaces, such as a large five-acre public park and a strip of green space on the southern edge along Lansdowne Road.
Demolition of the 1977-built indoor mall is scheduled to begin in 2025, and its closure will be phased to allow existing businesses to gradually relocate to the new pedestrian-oriented high street retail spaces near the No. 3 Road end of the property.
Lansdowne District is just one of a growing number of sizeable redevelopments proposed and planned for Richmond, and it is certainly the largest in the municipality to date.
As well, a landmark office building that is part of a four-building, mixed-use redevelopment is also proposed for a site immediately adjacent to Richmond-Brighouse Station.