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Old Safeway on West 10th to become rental apartments, new grocery store

BentallGreenOak is unveiling plans for the redevelopment of the former Safeway site on West 10th in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighbourhood.

The Safeway store closed its doors in 2018 and the site has remained vacant ever since. The closure of the grocery store has left a hole in the neighbourhood, with the nearest major grocery stores at a considerable distance. (UBC Wesbrook Village’s Save-on-Foods and the NoFrills at West 4th and Alma)

The redevelopment, designed by MCMP Architects, will consist of two towers of 14 storeys, including:

  • 530 residential units, consisting of 424 market rental homes and 106 moderate income rental homes (targeting those earning between $30,000-$80,000 per year)
  • A 37,855 square feet grocery store
  • Four commercial retail units
  • 464 vehicle parking stalls
  • 1,060 bicycle parking stalls

The development fronts into both West 10th and West 9th avenues, with townhouses planned at ground level on West 9th to ease the transition between the project and the predominately single-family neighbourhood to the north.

View down West 10th Ave from Sasamat
View down West 10th Ave from Sasamat. Credit: MCMP Architects
Safeway redevelopment West 10th site plan
Safeway redevelopment West 10th site plan, looking north. Credit: MCMP Architects
View of plaza and mews connecting West 10th and West 9th
View of plaza and mews connecting West 10th and West 9th. Credit: MCMP Architects

The two towers are terraced and are designed to follow the angle of the sun to help mitigate the loss of any sunlight for the single-family homes to the north.

The development will pursue LEED Gold certification and include EV charging for residents and visitors, as well as edible plant species throughout the site for residents. 

BentallGreenOak says the project will bring approximately 1,030 new residents to the neighbourhood, generating up to 500 construction jobs, and 100 ongoing jobs on the site once complete.

A rezoning application will be officially submitted to the city this summer.

Visit 4545wtenth.com for more information, including dates of future virtual and in-person open houses in this pre-application stage.

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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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