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Jericho Lands: Two concepts released to public

Sentinel towers in Eagle Concept
Sentinel towers in Eagle Concept, up to 38 storeys. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.

The City of Vancouver, Canada Lands Company and MST Development Corp. — jointly owned by the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sə̓ lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations — unveiled two concepts for the redevelopment of the Jericho Lands.

The design concepts will be refined based on public feedback to produce a preferred concept, but both concepts include towers up to 38 storeys, and 10 million square feet of new development.

Eagle and Weave concepts. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
Comparing the built form of both concepts. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
Comparing gathering spaces in both concepts. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
Aerial of Jericho Lands. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.

Project statistics

  • Total of 10 million square feet of new development
  • 9 million square feet of residential or 9,000 units home to between 15,000-18,000 people
  • 20 per cent social housing and 10 per cent market rental, with a proportion of below market rental as well
  • 1 million square feet commercial, office, amenities, etc.
  • 25-30 year build-out timeline
  • Provisions for a future SkyTrain station as part of an extension to UBC
  • 20 acres of new parkland
  • car-free corridors through site
  • water feature on north boundary of site along West 4th Avenue

Both concepts, “Eagle” and “Weave” include three prominent towers up to 38 storeys, located close together to “represent the three sentinels watching the Salish Sea, and the three partner nations, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh.

Concept: Eagle – Jericho Lands

Eagle concept conceptual massing. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
Eagle concept from the water. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
Eagle concept view from lookout. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
Eagle concept transition from West 8th Avenue. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
Eagle concept welcome plaza. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
Eagle Concept land use. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
Eagle Concept mobility network. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
Eagle concept built form. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
New West 4th Ave. edge. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
Mixed-use urban plaza – Eagle concept. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
Eagle concept. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.

Concept: Weave – Jericho Lands

Conceptual massing of Weave Concept. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
Weave concept from the water. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
Transition on West 8th Avenue of weave concept. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
View looking towards downtown of weave concept. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
Village square in weave concept. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.
Community heart of Weave Concept. Credit: MST Development Corp./Canada Lands Corp.

2019 story: Planning process for 90-acre Jericho Lands site begins

The City of Vancouver kicked off planning for the redevelopment of the Jericho Lands with a community open house on Saturday.

The 90-acre site, between south of West 4th Avenue in Point Grey, will be soon redeveloped into a mixed-use community with multi-family residential and commercial space.

Jericho Lands map.

“This is the start of a multi-year, multi-phase process and we hope members of the nearby community will be inspired to get involved,” said Deana Grinnell of Canada Lands Company. “This is a special parcel of land and we hope the process ahead will encourage members of the nearby community to participate in this historic opportunity to create a new vision for the Jericho Lands.”

Saturday’s planning session. Credit: City of Vancouver

The site was formerly operated as the Jericho Garrison by the Department of National Defence. In 2014, ownership was transferred to the MST Nations (Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation) and Canada Lands Company (CLC).

The city has several goals for the site, including:

  • Recognize Jericho Lands as a site of reconciliation.
  • Design the site to be welcoming and inclusive to people of all cultures and provide opportunities for ceremony, events and community connection.
  • Use Indigenous principles to inform art, landscape design, public realm, building design and expression
  • Target 30% of the units for affordable housing.
  • Achieve at least 35% family units with two or more bedrooms.
  • All new buildings to meet or exceed LEED Gold or be Zero Emissions.

“The Jericho Lands project is a way for our Nations to rebuild from the decades of harm done to our communities; our work with the MST Partnership, Canada Lands and the Jericho community is encouraging for the future,” said Khelsilem, councillor and spokesperson for the Squamish Nation. “We look forward to seeing the opportunities that are created in terms of housing, jobs, cultural revitalization, and community-building — not only for our community, but for all communities.”

The city’s policy statement will establish principles, objectives and policy on reconciliation, affordable housing, land use, density, height, public benefits, transportation, built form, character, sustainability, infrastructure and phases of development.

A preferred development concept is expected to be presented by November/December 2019, with the project expected to go before city council in the summer of 2020.

The anticipated SkyTrain extension from Arbutus to UBC is also top of mind in discussions of transportation options for the Jericho Lands.

A second open house is scheduled for Thursday, March 7, 2019 (4:30 pm – 7:30 pm) at the Jericho Hill Pool & Gymnasium, 4180 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver.

For more information on the planning process, visit inspirejericho.ca

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