For the seventh time, city of Vancouver staff presented to the city council plans to redevelop the Heights District. With each presentation, the options narrow. For Monday night’s presentation, staff had narrowed the project to its first draft proposal.
The city is considering not only a policy-level recommendation for the 205 acres within the Heights District, but a detail-oriented redevelopment plan for the 53-acre Tower Mall site. The city purchased the site in 2017 for this purpose.
Three design concepts were first unveiled in October with varying focal points but all including a mix of commercial, residential and neighborhood uses. As staff anticipated, public feedback resulted in a draft proposal pulling elements from the original three concepts.
What’s being referred to as The Grand Loop proposes placing high-density uses at the site’s core, with a residential neighborhood bordering the existing Park Hill Cemetery, a space for creative office buildings along MacArthur Boulevard and neighborhood gateways allowing for a natural transition into existing neighborhoods.
The site will also feature a combined 2 acres’ worth of parks sprinkled throughout the development.