B.C.’s new transportation and urban planning hub is getting its start in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
The city’s first mixed-use complex, known as the Cambie Centre, is being built on a site formerly occupied by the old city’s old city hall.
“We’re going to create a new downtown and we’re going take it to the next level,” said B.T.O. chief planner Jim Bowery.
The Cambie is the city’s second major urban development and, according to Bowero, is one of the best transit and walking centres in the country.
The project is expected to generate about $1.5 billion in economic activity.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity that’s going to come to the city of Vancouver,” he said.
The new transit hub, which will include a park and recreation centre, will open in 2019.
It will feature an expanded subway, bus and light rail line, a pedestrian bridge, a new bus terminal and a new underground pedestrian and cycling pathway.
“It’s going be a big, big addition to the downtown, so it’s going do a lot to make our downtown better,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.
“People are getting around in new ways, they’re taking transit and they’re walking more. “
“In terms of the downtown it’s the most walkable city in Canada and that’s great for our residents and businesses. “
“The Cambie has a lot going for it. “
It’s a huge economic opportunity for Vancouver.” “
The Cambie has a lot going for it.
It’s a huge economic opportunity for Vancouver.”
The new Cambie centre is expected increase the citys density by a factor of six, and create approximately 250,000 new jobs.
The centre will also create nearly 5,000 residential units, a mixed-used office building and a large new shopping centre.
The government is currently negotiating with developers to develop the Cambies site.
“This is a big deal,” said Robertson.
The construction of the Cambia Centre is expected cost about $400 million.
A citywide transit plan is currently underway to improve bus service and to connect neighbourhoods to downtown.”
What’s really exciting is that we’ve got a lot on the horizon and we’ve had so much development over the last 30 years that we’re getting a lot closer to the goal of where we want to be.”
A citywide transit plan is currently underway to improve bus service and to connect neighbourhoods to downtown.