A few weeks agoa the preliminary renderings for North East False Creek, the land adjacent to the BC Place Stadium, were displayed. If you look at the image above you’ll notice a sky-bridge building. Now before everyone gets excited or fuming mad, the developer has indicated that is not what will be built there. Instead, it’s a placeholder for a ‘architectural gem’ of a building, something Vancouver desperately needs. I’ll just be happy if it looks different from the rest of the towers already surrounding BC Place.
The area will also feature a new public plaza, new Casino and hotel development and a healthy mix of office and residential space. Basically, in the next 5 years that area will be completely unrecognizable and by 2020 it will look something like this.
The city has also mandated that developers take extra steps to ensure the buildings are adequately soundproofed, since they expect the area to be noisier than normal. Residents will also have to sign a waiver acknowledging they are moving into an area with higher-than-normal sound levels. In reality, a waiver will not stop people from complaining about noise. Noise, in downtown Vancouver, who would of thunk it?
More as it develops…
A final decision on the proposal will be made this Spring.