Brentwood Mall Redevelopment could see 70 storey towers

A conceptual plan for the redevelopment of Brentwood Town Centre has been revealed and went to public hearing yesterday. If approved, construction could start as early as next year and will be completed in four phases that could take nearly 30 years to complete. At a recent public hearing the residents liked the plan but had concerns about building height and potential increase in vehicular traffic to the area.

The redevelopment of malls is a growing trend in Metro Vancouver. The city of Vancouver will soon see the redevelopment of Oakridge centre, with additional residential, retail and office space. Currently, the owners are asking the city to increase the density and the height of some of the towers. Oakridge Mall is already one of the better performing malls in terms of sales per square foot in Canada. Then there is the massive Station Square redevelopment already underway in Burnaby next to Metropolis at Metrotown.

Brentwood Mall is next in line for redevelopment. Shape Properties, which acquired the site in 2010, has proposed a bold concept that would completely redevelop the Brentwood Mall site. The plan includes 11 residential high rises, two office towers, townhouses, ground level retail and a public plaza. The tower heights range from 25 to 70 storeys. If approved these will be the largest buildings outside Vancouver and possibly the region. However, they may get scaled back due to public pressure or simple economies of scale.

This existing regional mall in Greater Vancouver was acquired by Shape in 2010 and is currently undergoing redevelopment and rezoning plans to build out an additional 1.2 million square feet of retail density.The redevelopment plan envisions a signature destination with an urban feel that will support sustainable lifestyles where people can shop, work, live and play. As a mixed-use, transit oriented city core, the new Brentwood will be a preferred shopping, leisure and entertainment destination for the region, and an attractive home for residents and businesses with the introduction of new residential and commercial office opportunities. This pedestrian friendly, indoor/outdoor retail and residential community is expected to start unfolding in the Spring of 2013.


Phase 1:

The construction of a two-tiered public plaza with the upper tier connecting to the Brentwood SkyTrain Station concourse.

Phase 2:

Two residential high-rises and commercial buildings including a 50,000 square foot supermarket.

Phase 3:

Depending on market conditions this phase will be built along with phase 2. Phase 3 of the project will see the construction of towers ranging from 35 to 55 stories at Halifax and Willingdon.

Phase 4 (final):

Four towers and a linear parkway is to be constructed  to transition the development to the homes to the north of the site.

Brentwood Town Centre conceptual drawings and skyline



Source: Brentwood Town Centre

Images via Shape Properties public display boards