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06 DECEMBER 2023
Grosvenor has submitted a Development Permit to the City of Vancouver for Phase 1 of Mayfair West, (formally known as Oakridge Transit Centre (OTC). Mayfair West is located on one of the largest undeveloped sites in Vancouver at 41st and Oak and follows the 2020-approved master plan designed by Vancouver architect, James Cheng. Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA), the award-winning, Toronto-based architect firm, has been engaged to move the project forward and will join forces with Arcadis (formerly IBI), as the architect of record for the project.
Situated on the southwest corner of the site, the first phase includes two of the master plan’s tallest towers, at 23 and 20 storeys. It includes a mix of condominium, market and affordable rental housing, totalling over 460 residential units. Envisioned as the social hub of the development and designed to foster interactions between residents and visitors, phase 1 will also deliver a large pedestrian thoroughfare with boutique retail and an entry plaza that opens the site up to the street.
“We are excited to be one step closer to bringing this significant development forward,” said Marc Josephson, Senior Vice President, Development with Grosvenor. “This area of the city is rapidly transforming, and this is one of those rare, blank-canvas sites where we can create a special community from scratch. As with all our developments, we are focused on making a lasting positive impact on the neighbourhood. Our vision is inspired by our unique international experience and design principles that have stood the test of time in many great cities around the world. Combined with the site’s transit-oriented location and the impressive community, park, and retail amenities both existing and underway, we believe Mayfair West is positioned to become a highly sought-after community in Vancouver."
Overall, the master plan aims to transform the currently vacant, 14-acre site into a new 1.5 million square foot mixed-use community. Mayfair West will consist of approximately 17 buildings, ranging in size from approximately 4 to 26 storeys, providing over 1,600 homes to be built out in phases over approximately ten years. This includes a mix of homes for sale and rent that will cater to various income levels, including 330 social housing units and 45 moderate-income rental housing units. The master plan will also feature a new 69-space childcare facility, a two-acre public park and improvements to local pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.
The name, Mayfair West, reflects Grosvenor's deep-rooted experience in creating vibrant, engaging communities, as exemplified by the Grosvenor-owned and operated Mayfair neighbourhood in London. Like its counterpart in the UK, Mayfair West will blend historic character with modern stately design, while offering a distinct architectural identity that honours and responds to its unique, westside location.
“We've been granted a rare and remarkable opportunity - an inviting canvas to create a vibrant tapestry of purpose, sustainability, and inclusivity and to shape a distinctive visual identity within Vancouver's urban landscape,” said David Pontarini, Founding Partner, Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA). "Guided by James Cheng's masterplan, this project is our chance to sculpt something truly exceptional and lasting for the City of Vancouver."
Mayfair West is being developed by the same team that created the award-winning Grosvenor Ambleside development. Led by Grosvenor, this collaboration includes renowned architect James Cheng, interior designer Mitchell Freedland with the notable inclusion of HPA. Their collective expertise and proven track records in creating award-winning developments, is now focused on ensuring Mayfair West stands out for its thoughtful architectural design and commitment to quality.
The Mayfair West master-plan will also set a high bar for sustainability, aligning with Grosvenor’s net zero carbon commitments. The development will meet Vancouver City Council’s recent changes to construction bylaws and will incorporate and advance other sustainability objectives, including a commitment to no fossil fuels in any of the homes, improving the quantity and variety of trees and vegetation on site, setting ambitious targets for natural rainwater management and delivering community garden plots on residential amenity rooftops. This transit-oriented community will be further enhanced with dedicated car share vehicles and a public bike share station.
“We’re thrilled to leverage our international and local expertise to move this exceptional project forward and create a lasting legacy for the city,” says James Patillo, Chief Development Officer with Grosvenor. “Developing Mayfair West is a clear demonstration of Grosvenor’s unwavering commitment to Vancouver’s dynamic real estate market, and exemplifies our commitment to thoughtful development, led by the same development team that has successfully launched Grosvenor’s local residential and mixed-use projects over the past ten years.”
Grosvenor is leading all aspects of the development and owns the property with capital partners MOMC, the company that acquired the site in 2016, and Transca, Grosvenor’s partner on the successful Polaris residential development in Burnaby.
For more information, visit: www.MayfairWest.ca
Cori Howard Communications