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THE VOICE OF VANCOUVER NEIGHBOURHOODS Forcetobe reckoned with 26 MIDWEEK EDITION WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2012 Vol. 103 No. 89• Established 1908 EDITOR’S DESK: Welcome to our new look 9 SPORTS: Bulldogs beat Trojans 30 ProposedOakridge projectincludes 45-storeytower PLANS FOR 2,818 UNITS ON 28-ACRE SITE NAOIBH O’CONNOR Staff writer G TREES IN PERIL photo Dan Toulgoet Courier community correspondent Terry Clark says the city needs new heroes to protect the wondrous canopy of trees on private property as they are felled to build bigger homes. SEE HER COLUMN PAGE 15. regory Henriquez recalls riding his metallic green banana bike around Oakridge mall in the late 1960s and early ’70s. He grew up a half block away in a rented duplex with his family. A parking lot surrounded the mall, as it does now. “These [types of] malls developed in the 1950s and ’60s were all based upon cars and everyone driving everywhere,” Henriquez said. “The key paradigm shift in the years since then is an understanding of our global environmental crisis and a shift in terms of the way in which people move around cities.” Henriquez is managing partner at Henriquez Partners Architects, which is redesigning Oakridge Centre — and the firm behind the design of other high-profile developments including Woodward’s and Telus Garden projects. Henriquez Partners Architects applied to the city Oct. 15 on behalf of Oakridge Centre owner Ivanoe Cambridge and Westbank Development to amend the zoning for Oakridge Centre to allow for a mixed-use development, including buildings of varying heights up to 45 storeys with commercial, office, residential and public amenity space. The proposal faces public scrutiny next week at two open houses on Nov. 15 and 17. Plans for the 28-acre site include 2,818 units with a maximum height of 125.6 metres. “To take something which is existing as a parking lot, which is sort of a suburban concept, and turn it into a real urban mixed-use, inclusive city is really the concept,” Henriquez said. He called the Canada Line a “game changer” in terms of what development is possible and how people live, work, and travel. It could handle increased use, according to Henriquez, because it’s underutilized. He cited current ridership statistics of about 126,000 trips per day, a figure that peaked at 200,000 during the Olympics. The Canada Line’s capacity with the trains it has is 300,000, he said. “What we’re trying to do is develop a really inclusive city, which is mixed use and has all the attributes of a real city, which would be things like affordable housing, regular market housing, an enlarged retail component, which is alive day and night, office space, community space like a daycare and a community centre, a library and seniors centre and large public open spaces,” Henriquez said. The scheme proposes residential buildings ranging from six floors to 45 floors — the majority in the range of 18 to 20 stories. When asked how he expects neighbours will react to highrises, Henriquez pointed to benefits increased density brings such as more affordable housing, a community centre and park space. See OPEN on page 4

Vancouver Courier November 7 2012

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