Many customer vehicle parking stalls at the largest shopping mall in British Columbia now have free parking limitations.
A new parking policy is now in effect for more than half of the ground-level parking spaces along Metropolis at Metrotown shopping mall’s frontage on Kingsway.
Ground-level lots numbered one to six now only offer a maximum of two-hours free parking during mall hours of business.
According to a recent bulletin by mall operators, in order to obtain two hours of free parking in these lots, drivers must register their vehicle license plate at an on-site pay station operated by WestPark.
Those who remain longer on the lot can do so by purchasing additional time.
Only the ground-level lots in front of the former Sears building, food court, and Hudson’s Bay are affected by the change.
The Kingsway ground-level parking lots immediately in front of Chapters, Silver City, and Superstore, as well as other lots located within multi-level parkade structures and underground levels, are unaffected by the change of policy, which went into effect on May 1.
The parking changes also reflect Metropolis at Metrotown’s unique dual ownership; the parking changes are on the 8.9-acre portion of shopping mall property owned by Concord Pacific, which plans to redevelop the northeast corner of the mall with a significant mixed-use redevelopment with up to seven towers — reaching heights of up to 65 storeys. Ivanhoe Cambridge owns the remaining portions of the sprawling mall property.
Metropolis at Metrotown has over 6,000 off-street vehicle parking stalls, and the vast majority of these spaces remain available as free customer parking with a four-hour limit.