The South Granville subway station entrance for SkyTrain’s Millennium Line Broadway Extension will be fully integrated into a new mixed-use, transit-oriented redevelopment.
Last month, the provincial government announced the final entrance locations for all six new underground stations of the 5.7-km-long rail transit project between VCC-Clark Station and Arbutus Street.
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South Granville Station’s entrance will be located at 1465-1489 West Broadway — the northeast corner of the intersection of West Broadway and Granville Street, on the site of a 1957-built, four-storey office building that was formerly home to an RBC Bank branch.
The development site also replaces an existing laneway and 1975-built, single-storey building with three restaurants.
A new development application, designed by local architectural firm Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership, and submitted by PCI Developments to the municipal government, shows the station entrance located within a new 73-ft-tall, five-storey building.
The entrance itself will be located at the property’s corner by the intersection, with a pair of escalators and a staircase leading to an underground concourse level. Artistic rendering shows the ticketing concourse with fare gates and machines located at street level.
Other ground-level spaces will be set aside for retail use, including a new replacement branch for RBC.
Six underground levels have been dedicated to vehicle parking; in a release, the developer explains the property may qualify for greater density following the completion of the city’s Broadway Plan next year, which will outline new density and height allowances along the Central Broadway Corridor.
For this same reason, space has also been set aside for an extra elevator core and a ground-level residential lobby.
If additional density is permitted, likely for residential use, a vertical extension of the building design would be purposed as rentals.
“PCI Developments is working with the City of Vancouver to achieve shared transit-oriented development objectives and support the region’s sustainability goals,” said Tim Grant, the vice-president of development for PCI Developments, in a statement.
“Mixed-use density supports transit demand at peak- and off-peak hours and optimizes public investment in precious transit infrastructure. If the city’s Broadway Plan identifies our site for greater density, additional office space and rental residential would be well suited to this prominent, transit-oriented location.”
PCI Developments is also responsible for other major transit-oriented developments such as crossroads across from Broadway-City Hall Station, Marine Gateway next to Marine Drive Station, and King George Hub next to King George Station.
Construction on the $2.8-billion Broadway Extension is scheduled to begin in late 2020, following the selection of a major contractor. If all goes as planned, the seamless extension of the Millennium Line will be open in 2025.
When the extension opens, the Millennium Line’s capacity will be increased to 5,100 passengers per hour per direction (pphpd) — a 250% increase over the existing 99 B-Line. Trains will run every three to four minutes.
Like the Expo Line, the Millennium Line’s ultimate capacity is approximately 25,000 pphpd with the use of longer trains.
In contrast, currently, the Expo Line and Canada Line are operating maximum peak hour capacities of about 15,000 pphpd and 6,000 pphpd, respectively.
TransLink forecasts 140,000 passengers per day will use the Broadway Extension segment upon opening, nearly three times the existing ridership of the 99 B-Line.
Travel times between VCC-Clark Station and the new western terminus station at Arbutus Street will be just 11 minutes, while a seamless, one-train Millennium Line ride from Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station to Arbutus Street will be about 47 minutes.
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