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Safeway site goes public
Next Thursday, West Vancouver residents will have their first chance to voice thoughts on the redevelopment of Marine Drive’s Safeway site.
Hosted by the district and the proponent, H.Y. Louie Group, the public forum at West Van’s Senior Activity Centre will go over the two option currently pitched by the developer.
Both designs include a 41,000-square-foot food store below street level, 16,800 square feet of above-ground retail and office space and between 144 and 154 residential units being placed on the 1.4-acre lot at 1650 Marine Drive.
The difference between the designs comes down to the residential tower. Option A proposes a 15-storey building while option B drafts in a 10-storey structure. The drafts also include a courtyard in the middle of the structure and open public spaces surrounding the development.
Public consultation is normal procedure for proposals that require rezoning and Official Community Plan (OCP) amendments, said Bob Sokol, the district’s director of planning, lands and permits. The draft has also been received by the design review committee, he noted.
Information from both the consultation and committee will be submitted to council. From there, council can either request more information, seek changes to the proposal or move forward with the bylaw and OCP requirements.
“That really is months off,” Sokol said in regarding to rezoning and OCP amendents.
The meeting, on March 10, opens at 6:30 p.m. with discussions starting at 7 p.m. For more information visit www.westvancouver.ca.