Commercial-Broadway redevelopment proposes 649 housing units

Project renderings detail an ambitious multi-level public space in the vein of High Line Park in New York City

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Western Investor
July 4, 2017





North views of the proposed Commercial-Broadway development. | Westbank and Bing Thom Architects
Broadway & Commercial project overview. | Westbank and Bing Thom Architects
East 10th Avenue breezeway. | Westbank and Bing Thom Architects
Open corridors in the development. | Westbank and Bing Thom Architects
Grand staircase proposed for East 10th Avenue at SkyTrain entrance. | Westbank and Bing Thom Architects
Children’s play space, grand staircase, internal courtyard and breezeway. | Westbank and Bing Thom Architects
 
Concept drawings for the Safeway site at East Broadway and Commercial Drive were revealed at an open house last week, unveiling plans for 649 condo units and over 100,000 square feet of commercial space. 
 
The site’s developer Westbank and designer Bing Thom Architects released renderings illustrating a grand staircase connecting the project’s public spaces to the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station at East 10th Avenue. Plans for the site include a mix of mix of affordable rental and market condos, co-op housing and micro suites.
 
An off-site public plaza over the Grandview cut is also proposed, as required by the Grandview Woodland community plan. The three-tiered public space will include terraced seating, a concourse and a children’s playground. The multi-level public area is modeled after the High Line in New York City. 
 
The new Safeway store will measure 56,000 square feet, with an additional 11,200 square feet of retail space and 55,000 square feet of leasable office units. 
 
Condo designs will mimic single-family homes in the neighbourhood, including bright exteriors and porches. 

Tanya is Western Investor's web content and social media coordinator. She first joined the Western Investor team as a editorial assistant in 2016, after a summer spent freelancing at Glacier Media papers The Burnaby Now and New West Record. She is a graduate of Langara College's journalism program.
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