May 24th and 25th at the West Vancouver Community Centre
On May 24th and 25th, we hosted Ideas Fair III to present feedback from previous Ideas Fairs and to present some of our emerging ideas for redevelopment informed by this input. Approximately 80 people attended Ideas Fair III to discuss development concepts and amenities for the 1300 Block.
We began by reviewing feedback from Grosvenor’s earlier “Ideas Fairs” workshops where we worked with neighbours, business owners, youth and citizens to envision a redevelopment concept for the 1300 Block of Marine Drive before preparing rezoning plans. Through this process, our architect James Cheng collaborated with a team of artist-facilitators who worked with meeting participants in small groups to prepare drawings of their ideas and to experiment with scaled building models. These co-design meetings generated many impressive ideas.
1300 Block Vision
The rezoning concepts we presented built on people’s visions for an economic, social and architectural revitalization of the 1300 Block with a variety of small scale ground-level local-serving shops, services , cafes and restaurants all around the block. Citizens drew generous landscaped sidewalks with weather protection on all the streets surrounding the site. Many saw Bellevue as a special street with opportunities for creative treatments and flexible uses, and most strongly supported the idea of a wide mid-block pedestrian connection from Marine to Bellevue which breaks the long block into two smaller scaled pieces. If covered with a light glazed canopy, this pedestrian mews would provide a “waterfront living room” where people of all ages could meet and socialize through all seasons. People wanted us to integrate art and culture in the design and retail program and desired the retention of ideas like the Art Greenway that Grosvenor installed on the old 14th Street gas station site in March of this year. From this feedback we prepared a set of guiding principles to guide us as we prepare rezoning plans.
Click here to see all the images from the Ideas Fairs
See Grosvenor’s Proposed Guiding Principles for the 1300 Block here
See James Cheng’s presentation here
There was a lot of information presented at our meeting but it is important to clarify the scale that we imagine moving forward with. Some people in earlier meetings explored tower forms but we decided these buildings would not be consistent with most people’s vision for the block. Instead, we advanced drawings and scale building models that featured two buildings, each with a two-storey frontage on Marine Drive and a three- storey frontage on Bellevue with residential units located above in a terraced mid-rise form up to an 8th level in some places.