Westbank increases heights of contentious tower proposal next to Vancouver’s Commercial Drive SkyTrain station

Residents are doubtful that the public space will be the idyllic space to relax in the sunshine that they’d originally envisioned. They worry that it will be little more than a very wide corridor. The Grandview Woodland community plan, which was the culmination of hundreds of hours of resident collaboration, including a citizens’ assembly, had called for the Safeway site to add density with four 12- and 24-storey towers, with a large public plaza that would address a lack of public spaces at that end of Commercial Drive. The nearest park is at John Hendry Park, better known as Trout Lake, several blocks south.

Developers propose nearly 1000 high priced rentals for Safeway site, ignore community plan.

Developers Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust and Westbank are now proposing three 40 storey “mega-towers” at Broadway and Commercial, charging expensive rents. Only 10% of the 981 suites will be based on average city rents – the rest will be as high as the market allows. The proposal is at odds with the community plan, which calls for a new “social heart” for the neighbourhood with a new civic plaza at a renewed Safeway site, with towers no more than 24 storeys high.

Trust is dying in Vancouver’s civic engagement process

Each time community members and the developer seem to come to an agreement on the kind of residential highrises and public amenities that would go into the site near the busy Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station, the developer has come back for more imposing towers with no affordability.

Safeway Megatower proposal facing stiff opposition, City documents reveal

Safeway Megatower proposal facing stiff opposition, City documents reveal

Using a Freedom of Information request to the City of Vancouver, the “No Megatowers at Safeway” citizens’ group recently received documentation detailing the extent of community opposition sent to the city, concerning the proposal to develop three luxury mega-towers and a sprawling Safeway store at Broadway and Commercial in Vancouver.

Modified Safeway Site Plan Fails to Address Community Concerns

Modified Safeway Site Plan Fails to Address Community Concerns

Minor modifications to a massive tower proposal at Broadway and Commercial do nothing to address major community concerns around the project, says the NO MEGATOWERS AT SAFEWAY coalition.
The plan is still much too high and a threat to affordability. It continues to jeopardize the future of the vibrant Commercial Drive neighbourhood, the group says.

Revised Safeway Megatower Plan a Failure

Revised Safeway Megatower Plan a Failure

You may already have heard: the developers of the Safeway site at Broadway & Commercial have revised their proposal. There are substantial problems with it. It doesn’t come close to meeting the Grandview Woodland Community Plan.