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Apres Marine Gateway, le deluge

March 22nd, 2012 · 100 Comments

With the Marine Gateway project hitting the headlines after it sold out in four hours, you can bet developers will be encouraged to get moving on their projects in the area.

First up are the two towers planned for the corner of Gateway, by architect James Cheng for Intracorp. Details are here for the project, which will have 551 units, 110 of them guaranteed rentals under the STIR program

The very thoughtful and active residents in the area, who helped shape the planning for this corner — even giving it the name Marine Landing that the city has now adopted — aren’t going to get the little commercial hub they had hoped for.

A report says commercial activity wouldn’t be viable. Which seems odd to me, as there is commercial stuff there now. The report claims that being blocked by the Canada Line makes retail problematic, which I have to believe is Vancouver-centric thinking. I’ve seen many other businesses in other cities that exist in and around metro lines and seem to do fine.

At any rate, the city has negotiated to get two artist spaces on the ground floor, along with a series of live-work units, which may make that tiny strip a little more lively than if it were straight residential.

Project hearing is Monday night, the night before the Rize revolt continues for what I believe might be the final night of speakers.

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