This new waterfront development designed by James KM Cheng will embrace 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, will 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 will create a direct pedestrian route from Marine Drive to Bellevue and open up views and access to the beach, seawall and waterfront. Three Vancouver establishments will help to anchor the growing community of tenants: Meinhardt Fine Foods, Heirloom Vegetarian 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 will be 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 is currently under construction with over 90% of the 57 homes sold. The second and final building was introduced in November 2016 with 80% of the 42 new homes sold in the first 90 days.