Westbank and Quadreal Property Group have provided a detailed first look at the design of the new underground transit concourse of the Oakridge Park Shopping Center redevelopment, which will effectively provide SkyTrain’s Oakridge-41st Avenue station with a second entrance.
A development permit application by Henriquez Partners Architects has been submitted for the northeast-most parcel of the 28.5-acre mall redevelopment at the corner of the intersection of Cambie Street and West 41st Avenue.
The west wall of the station’s existing ticketing concourse level would be knocked down to open up a new underground pedestrian corridor that leads to the new office building just above, the shopping center and the rest of the new complex. This lobby corridor also provides direct access to the mall’s central pickup and drop-off area for taxis and VTCs on level P1.
The underground transportation concourse would be heavily activated – lined with commercial retail units on both sides of the concourse. Several smaller retail units will carry a combined total floor area of 3,600 square feet.
In addition to the second entrance provided by the underground transit concourse, the owners are also planning major upgrades to the station entrance building at street level.
The app shows the addition of two additional escalators – one up, one down – for a total of three escalators from street level to the ticketing concourse.
The new second entrance and the upgraded existing entrance at street level are intended to improve accessibility and convenience for passengers, and to significantly increase the circulation capacity of the station, given the substantial increase in traffic. traffic that can be expected from the mall’s mixed-use redevelopment and future high-density redevelopments beyond the property that make up Oakridge’s municipal downtown.
The station’s entrance building would also be completely rebuilt and incorporated into a new overhead canopy structure that frames the Transit Plaza’s boundary with West 41st Avenue and establishes a new “gateway” for the mall. . This canopy also serves as a large covered bus shelter for the eastbound 41st Avenue bus stop next to the Transit Plaza.
Both the new second station entrance and the existing upgraded entrance are subject to final TransLink approval.
“We are in discussions with Westbank about their development near Oakridge Station and their proposal to incorporate their upcoming development into Oakridge Station,” TransLink said in an email to Daily Hive Urbanized, adding that an agreement has not yet been finalized with the promoters.
The development permit application also outlines the plans for Transit Square and the new 11-storey retail and office building within the plot.
Transit Square will have an open space of approximately 11,000 square feet, capable of hosting events with a standing capacity of approximately 2,200 people. It is just one of many event spaces in the redevelopment, along with the other large outdoor event spaces located on the nine-acre rooftop public park.
Much like its previous purpose, Transit Plaza also serves as an exterior pedestrian corridor that leads to the main entrance on the ground floor of the mall.
Additionally, this application involves the inclusion of a new office building to the northeast – an 11-story building, with seven office levels above three retail levels. An office space will be set up on the roof of the building.
The new northeast office building – located on the north side of Transit Plaza – replaces an older office building on the same footprint, which is now almost completely demolished. It was previously planned to retain and renovate the office building, but the decision was then made to revert to the original strategy of constructing a new, modern office building.
To the south of the transit plaza, the existing six-storey medical-dental building will be retained, as it is under separate ownership. The first three levels are used for retail (Crate & Barrel) and dental medical practices, while the top three levels are The Terraces, which is a residential stratum. Only functional changes will be made to the medical-dental pavilion.
Oakridge Park, the new name for Oakridge Centre, is currently a major construction site active across the property. As of this spring, the first new buildings begin to rise above ground level.
The rooftop park, shopping mall and food hall, community center, Vancouver Public Library branch and the first public housing units are expected to open by the end of 2024. The various residential towers, spanning over several phases, will be completed between 2024 and 2027.
In March 2022, Vancouver City Council approved a revised rezoning application for the redevelopment, allowing for a significant increase in rental housing and office space – thanks to greater density and taller buildings.
Last year, city staff said that a future redevelopment of the tower at the northwest corner of the intersection of Cambie Street and West 41st Avenue (across from the mall property ) would be needed to provide an additional entrance into the subway station. As a condition of rezoning, this would effectively provide the Oakridge-41st Avenue station with a third entrance.