The redevelopment of the Oakridge Transit Centre is now one step closer to reality. Now named Oak Green, this project by Modern Green Canada will transform the former transit centre into a mixed-use neighbourhood. The 13.8-acre site at Oak Street and West 41st Avenue was sold by the City of Vancouver in December 2016 and is currently in the rezoning stage. Two community open houses were held on November 18th and November 23rd; City staff and the applicant team were available to answer questions and gather feedback on the proposal.
Designed by James KM Cheng Architects the proposal includes 17 buildings between three and 23 storeys, a public park, retail spaces, a childcare centre, and a new road network. Housing will consist of 300 social housing apartments, 180 secured market rentals, and 1,149 market strata units.
A minimum of 35 percent of the market units will be two and three bedrooms. At least 50 percent of the affordable housing units will be for families with children, including two and three-bedroom units. The design of family units will also be per the High-density Housing for Families With Children guidelines.
The redevelopment of the site will be done in several phases and is expected to start in 2020 and be completed by 2031.
Phase 1, parcel C: 18-storey social housing, 23-storey affordable rental, six-, and 12-storey strata buildings.
Phase 2, parcel E and G: 12-, six-, and three-storey strata buildings.
Phase 3, parcel B: eight, 15, and two three-storey market housing buildings.
Phase 4, parcel D: 22-storey strata and six-storey social housing.
Phase 5: public park and daycare.
Phase 5A, parcel A: two six-storey strata buildings.
Phase 5B, parcel F: two six-storey strata buildings.
The public realm will receive particular attention at Oak Green. A new network of roads, bike lanes, and pedestrian paths and mews will improve the site's connectivity. The north side of the development will feature a 2.34-acre public park. The park will be designed by the Vancouver Park Board and will include daycare and a youth-size soccer field. A plaza will be located at the intersection of 41st Avenue and one of the new streets. The plaza will feature events, public art, and heritage interpretation of the former Oakridge Transit Centre.
Additional information and renderings can be found in our Database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.