The redeveloped Oakridge Centre could be getting a roof-top park.

A Tuesday’s meeting of the Vancouver Park Board, commissioners voted to move forward with a plan to build a nine-acre park that will be partially constructed on the roof of the South Vancouver shopping centre.

QuadReal Property Group — which manages the building that houses Postmedia’s Vancouver newsroom but has had no input on this story — is working with Westbank Corporation to redevelop the property the mall sits on into a denser housing area over the coming decade.

The new neighbourhood will see 10 towers and three mid-rise buildings constructed around the perimeter of the current property, with the shopping centre remaining in the middle. There will be 2,600 new residences built, including 290 purpose-built as rental housing and another 290 built as social housing.

There will also be space for businesses and offices in the new buildings. The developers are also going to build a new civic centre, which will include a Park Board-run community centre, library and daycare, at no cost to the public purse. The community centre is slated to include a fitness centre, seniors centre with kitchen, a youth centre and arts and culture spaces.

The parks board says the park will feature “six distinct park areas with a rich Pacific Northwest landscape and a balance of active and tranquil spaces. The new park will redefine what is possible for a landscape on top of a building. It will feature areas for contemplation, socializing and large gatherings and will have an 800 metre jogging and walking track.”

Construction of the park is planned to take place in two phases, with the first expected to be complete by 2023 and the second by 2028.

“This new park will be a tremendous addition to the Park Board’s network of outstanding public …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Business

      

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