Grosvenor Ambleside infuses new life into this waterfront community and village shopping district.
This new waterfront development designed by James KM Cheng embraces West Coast modernism with two terraced buildings that step back from two storeys at the sidewalk to six and seven storeys at the centre. A collection of 98 residences designed by Mitchell Freedland, built using locally sourced materials and containing state-of-the-art technology by Millson, sit above specialty shops, cafes and restaurants at street level. Hundreds of West Vancouver residents helped Grosvenor Americas define the distinctive design through ‘ideas fairs’ and other public meetings with our local development team and architect.
A 650 sq m glazed pedestrian galleria, open at both ends, will join the two buildings and provide a public plaza with a vibrant and engaging streetscape filled with shops, restaurants, music, art, people and life. The galleria creates a direct pedestrian route from Marine Drive to Bellevue and open up views and access to the beach, seawall and waterfront. Four Vancouver establishments help to anchor the growing community of tenants: Meinhardt Fine Foods, Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant, Ancora Restaurant and a new, elevated concept by Earls Restaurants.
Once home to a contaminated gas station, the former brownfield site on which the development is located was remediated while building Grosvenor Ambleside, with 75% of waste from construction diverted from landfill to recycling facilities. As a potential response to dealing with rising ocean levels, Bellevue Avenue - a road to the south of the site - has been elevated by almost a metre to protect the development from high tides.
The first building completed in 2018 and we welcomed homeowners in May. Construction has begun for the second and final building comprising 42 homes.