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Oakridge looks to transform 1950s mall into a small city

July 23rd, 2012 · 19 Comments

The Canada Line continues to work its magic up and down the tracks, encouraging office builders to locate nearby, prompting condo developments here and there.

The latest site to re-consider itself is the Oakridge shopping mall at Cambie and 41st. A report going to council tomorrow recommends letting Oakridge go through with another rezoning process (after just having completed one in 2007), as the owners, now partnered with Westbank and Ian Gillespie, contemplate something much denser than they did six years ago.

The proponents and staff are also talking about something much more than a simple mall expansion with a few towers in one corner. They’re talking about re-making that whole site, with roads through it, parks, a library, and a feeling of not a mall.

It won’t be a quickie. That community is famous for its turnout to neighbourhood planning meetings. But it will be a fun watch, to see what they come up with in the end.


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