Plans are underway to redevelop Ivanhoé Cambridge-owned Oakridge Centre, turning the shopping mall (originally opened in the 1950’s) and its surrounding area into an entirely new sustainable-model, mixed-use community spanning 28-acres.
Working with Ivanhoé Cambridge, developer Westbank Projects Corp., Stantec and Gensler, Henriquez Partners has developed a new design for Oakridge Centre that includes varied residential housing that will cater to families and seniors. The development includes 290 rental units, 290 affordable housing units plus traditional market housing options. Residential use amounts to nearly 2.76 million square feet, 20% of which will be affordable units.
Alongside residential use, the new development will also include retail (double the current size), office space, and 70,000 square feet of civic amenities including a library, a community centre and a daycare. A 9-acre community park is also part of the vision, plus a network of pedestrian pathways across the development (over 5 acres) that will link these components—promoting walkability while creating opportunities for meaningful community interaction.
The Oakridge Centre development aims to set new precedents for social, cultural, economic, and environmental sustainability. Featuring an on site Energy Plant that forms part of a Neighbourhood Energy System, the project is targeting LEED Platinum Neighbourhood Development standards, with each residential building targeting LEED Gold certification. Building on the success of the adjacent Canada Line SkyTrain, Oakridge will explore alternative transportation solutions such as car co-ops, bike and car valets, bike and car shares, and reduced parking ratios. The development’s rezoning application was granted approval by City Council in March, 2014.
Size: 4,360,400 square feet