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24 new towers proposed for Lansdowne Mall site in Richmond

The owners of Lansdowne Centre in Richmond plan to redevelop the 50-acre mall property over the next decade with up to 24 new towers.

Vanprop Investments Ltd. plans to redevelop the site with 22 residential towers and two office towers, as well as new retail space, and a new five-acre city park. The redevelopment will be known as Lansdowne District.

The plan aims to concentrate the greatest density within 400 metres of the existing Lansdowne Canada Line station. Maximum building heights will be 45 metres, as all building heights in Richmond are constrained by the proximity of the Vancouver International Airport.

Lansdowne District vision

Residential Housing Lansdowne District
Residential housing. Credit: Vanprop Investments Ltd.

Residential housing

  • A mix of affordable housing, townhomes, mid-rise and condominiums, linked by green space.
civic plaza Lansdowne District
Civic plaza. Credit: Vanprop Investments Ltd.

Civic Plaza

  • The gateway to Lansdowne District, and a space for large events and activities like Canada Day celebrations, outdoor movies and seasonal festivals.
  • A city-owned amenity building, such as a community or recreation centre, is planned for the corner of Lansdowne and No. 3 Road, adjacent to the civic plaza.
Concert Venue Lansdowne District
Outdoor concert venue. Credit: Vanprop Investments Ltd.

Outdoor concert venue

  • Public gathering and recreation space, providing a venue for festivals and events.
greenways Lansdowne District
Greenways. Credit: Vanprop Investments Ltd.

Greenways and transportation

  • A network of green walkways will enrich the natural habitat, provide pedestrian linkages, and improve regional stormwater management
  • A new east-west road and the extension of Hazelbridge Way and Cooney Road through the site are proposed to improve transportation linkages.
mixed use Lansdowne District
Mixed-use district. Credit: Vanprop Investments Ltd.

Mixed-use and retail

  • The No. 3 Road commercial precinct will anchor the Lansdowne Village Centre, with homes and amenities rounding out this transit-oriented community.
  • Hazelbridge Way is envisioned as a new retail “high street,” lined with shopping, restaurants and cafés.

The redevelopment of Lansdowne Centre comes at a time when other shopping centres in the Lower Mainland are embarking on — or already constructing — new residential towers on the massive parking lots surrounding their properties.

Shape Properties is redeveloping Brentwood Town Centre and Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby, adding 11 new residential towers at Brentwood, and up to 23 towers at Lougheed, as well as expanding the amount of retail space at both malls.

QuadReal and Westbank are finalizing plans for their upcoming redevelopment of Oakridge Centre in Vancouver, which will include up to 11 new residential towers, and a new, nine-acre city park.

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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  1. When the earthquake comes and knocks all these buildings over because they’re NOT supposed to be built on what is essentially marsh land I hope they put the city planners and council in jail for allowing this. It “almost” seems like there might be some unknown incentive being given to them by Developers to allow these projects to go ahead.

  2. Great. Just what Richmond needs. More towers to satisfy speculators from overseas. And should actual people live in them, more traffic congestion, more Canada Line congestion… really just what Richmond needs.

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