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Workshops continue to nail down plans for 1300-block
After seven workshops and input from hundreds of West Vancouver residents, Grosvenor is nailing down some designs for Ambleside’s new gateway.
Over the past couple of months, the international development company has been gathering ideas on what people would like to see built on the 1300-block of Marine Drive. The company owns the majority of private lots on the block and has a memorandum of understanding with the district to buy the West Vancouver Police Station land once the unit is relocated adjacent to city hall.
The co-design forums saw a few recurring themes. The idea of a covered mid-block pedestrian arcade, of a similar size to the West Vancouver Community Centre’s atrium, was popular, Grosvenor’s senior development manager Michael Mortensen told council Monday night. Youth requested a place they can hang out past eight o’clock.
Residents want to keep 14th Street as the main pedestrian walkway down to Ambleside’s waterfront, said world-renowned architect James Cheng, who has been hired by Grosvenor to help with the project’s design.
On May 24 and 25, Grosvenor is holding workshops at the West Van community centre to get feedback on development concepts.
The company plans to make public three or four development design options, by the end of the month.
Councillors Michael Evison, Bill Soprovich and Michael Smith complimented Grosvenor on the public consultation the company has hosted.
“We are all looking forward to this project moving forward in a timely manner,” Smith said.