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Cambie Field to make way for towers

A view to the northwest of Polygon’s proposed Mueller Towers in north City Centre.  -
A view to the northwest of Polygon’s proposed Mueller Towers in north City Centre.
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A little known City Centre park in Richmond will be relocated and the land overtaken by three 16-storey towers, if city council approves a new development proposal.

Polygon Development 192 Ltd. has applied to rezone five lots bounded by Hazelbridge Way, Cambie Road and Brown Road and build 528 homes in a project known as Mueller Towers. Comprising the 3.5-hectare (8.5-acre) L-shaped site is the city-owned Cambie Field—a somewhat hidden playing field off of Sexsmith Road—along with a parking lot and former tree farm.

The developer intends to build on the park site and relocate an expanded park to the corner of Hazelbridge Way and Cambie Road.

At 1.6 hectares (four acres), the park would be the largest of five envisioned for the area, known as Capstan Village, and be located one block from Aberdeen Station.

“[T]he proposed park will be one of Capstan Village’s most prominent and an important venue for local and larger community events and celebrations,” noted planner Suzanne Carter-Huffman in a report Tuesday.

City council has yet to consider plans for the park, but early ideas include a field, sheltered stage, square, children’s play area, pathways and public art.

Together, the towers and park are expected to be a signature feature of this future arts district and serve as a benchmark for future development.

“This will be enhanced by the west tower’s distinctive flat iron shape and public art, which may take the form of a light sculpture running along the west side of the park and up the face of the project’s west tower,” said Carter-Huffman in her report.

If approved, the developer will be the third to contribute cash toward a new Canada Line station at Capstan Way. City hall is seeking to raise $25 million from developers to build the station by levying a fee of $7,800 per dwelling. Construction of the station is expected to begin within 15 years if enough cash can be secured.

A public hearing on the project is expected in the early new year.

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