The future of the Oakridge Municipal Town Center continues to take shape with the Vancouver City Council’s recent approval of a significantly mixed project at 5812-5844 Cambie Street.
This is a redevelopment of the city block on the west side of Cambie Street between West 42nd Avenue and West 43rd Avenue, replacing a 1950s-built one-story commercial building. The site is directly across from Oakridge Center Mall and next to SkyTrains Oakridge-41st Avenue Station, stopping for the R4 RapidBus.
In accordance with the Cambie Corridor Plan’s framework for the property, there will be a 330-foot-high, 33-story condominium tower and a 150-foot-high, 12-story office tower, including a four-story podium.
The podium contains part of the total office space of 106,000 sq ft, along with a two-story youth center with about 6,000 sq ft of floor space with its own high-profile entrance to West 43rd Avenue – where a significant building setback also allows for a 3,300 sq ft south public space. The youth center includes a large living room, multifunctional rooms and a kitchen.
Within the fifth level of the office tower, there will be a 5,200 m2 childcare facility for up to 37 children, with an associated outdoor playground on the roof of the podium.
Both the youth center and the childcare facility will be built into a turnkey state under the ownership of the municipal council.
Both NPA councilor Melissa De Genova and independent councilor Lisa Dominato expressed a need to carefully plan the youth center and select the nonprofit operator, beginning with a process of consulting young people.
A Dominato amendment to “ensure that young people are consulted on the development of a youth space, as they often do not have a voice in the conversations about their needs” was adopted unanimously.
While the area will have a larger new community center as part of the redevelopment of the Oakridge Center Mall, which offers recreational, social and cultural activities and services, a non-profit social service center for youth is considered a hub to meet young people’s different needs. – such as employment support, skills training, food programs, wellness and counseling services as well as opportunities and support in the local community. The need for such a facility in this particular area is determined by the Cambie Corridor Plan.
“I think it’s something that has been talked about a lot. I think it’s important that we create these spaces, and I know in previous master planning that we have done in the city that youth centers are always the first to go or be eliminated first, and so I really appreciate that the staff makes sure that we deliver on the change needs that are part of the municipal glory plan that the public has put together, ”said city council member in the Greens, Michael Wiebe.
The city council approved the application for rezoning by 5-2 votes, with COPE councilor Jean Swanson and TEAM councilor Colleen Hardwick opposed. Mayor Kennedy Stewart and Councilors Pete Fry, Rebecca Bligh and Sarah Kirby-Yung were absent from the vote.
“I’m really sorry for the lack of affordability around the Oakridge Center and in the Cambie Corridor,” Swanson said in his statement opposing the project, adding that the homes generated by this project will be “for people in the upper end of the project. the income spectrum. ” Over the years, Swanson has criticized the lack of a major affordable housing component in the Cambie Corridor plan and has consistently voted against strata and market applications for rental housing.
This project will include 268 condominiums with a unit mix of 187 one-bedroom units, 54 two-bedroom units and 27 three-bedroom units.
The incorporation of a significant condominium component provides the municipal government with a substantial public benefit package worth a total of about $ 25.7 million. In return for density and market applications, Vivagrand Developments will provide $ 17 million in municipal facility contributions (CACs), including the $ 8 million in-kind value for the Youth Center and $ 6.5 million for the Child Care Facility, plus a $ 2.5 million cash CAC dollars. . The developer is also required to provide $ 8 million in development cost fees (DCLs) and $ 628,000 in public art.
The total floor area of the building will reach 317,000 sq ft, creating a floor area ratio density of a floor area that is 10.16 times larger than the size of the 32,000 sq ft plot. Four underground levels will contain 313 car parking bays and 622 secure bicycle parking spaces. IBI Group is the architectural firm.