A 3.2-acre strip mall immediately south of the Canada Line’s tail track at Richmond-Bridgeport Station could be redeveloped into a mixed-use complex with the area’s largest architectural flair.
Keltic (Brighouse) Development Ltd. is seeking a rezoning for the site at 6340 No. 3 Road – the northeast corner of the intersection of Cook Road and No. 3 Road – into a four-tower redevelopment with a large site-wide podium.
The existing strip mall was home to dozens of businesses, and its better known tenants were Bob’s Submarine Sandwiches and the area’s original Staples store. To the north, a large city block-wide site immediately is slated to become a new bus mall to centralize the area’s bus stops with the SkyTrain station.
The tower heights will reach no more than 141 ft tall, with three residential towers containing 15 storeys and one office tower containing 12 storeys.
There will be a total of 563 homes, including 536 market residential units and 27 affordable rental units.
A significant commercial space component is proposed, with about 30,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space located on the ground floor and 104,000 sq. ft. of office space within one office tower on the southwest corner of the site along No. 3 Road.
This office tower, carrying an inclined building form, is intended to provide the city centre’s Brighouse Village with a landmark architectural design.
Additionally, the exterior has an extensive white-coloured steel exoskeleton to contrast the tower with the architecture of not only the three residential towers in the complex but also the towers in the surrounding area.
As well, the office tower will house a significant developer-funded community amenity – a 19,000-sq-ft, City-owned Early Childhood Development Hub on the third floor, which will have four separate childcare programs for a total combined capacity for nearly 90 young children.
Other spaces to support the hub’s family support programs include meeting spaces, multipurpose rooms, and a kitchen.
A 9,000-sq-ft outdoor space on the rooftop of the podium will be dedicated for the childcare facility as a playground.
The remaining area of the massive podium rooftop is slated to become an outdoor amenity space for the complex’s residents. Indoor residential amenity space is provided within the towers on the same level as the podium rooftop.
The redevelopment calls for 856 parking stalls, with nearly 600 dedicated to residents, and 722 bike parking spaces. Overall, the project’s floor area spans a total of 579797 sq. ft., providing the redevelopment with a floor area ratio density of four times the size of its lot.
A growing number of major redevelopments are planned for the immediate area in Brighouse Village. This includes:
- 560-6700 No. 3 Road: Two towers with 156 homes, 14,300 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space, and 33,000 sq. ft. of office space.
- CF Richmond Centre: 12 towers with 1,800 homes and new retail spaces built around the mall’s perimeter.
- 8071-8091 Park Road: Three towers with 339 homes, 58,600 sq. ft. of office space, and 43,800 sq. ft. of restaurant and retail space will replace the Park Village strip mall.
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