The city’s assistant director of planning for Vancouver South says that the city is collaborating with TransLink and developers of two of the biggest properties along the Cambie corridor on a future stop at 57th Avenue.
“We’re really undertaking that work now and looking at preparing a cost estimate and…a potential strategy,” Susan Haid told the Straight by phone.
The Onni Group, which purchased most of the 10-hectare Pearson Dogwood lands from Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), is expected to offer a contribution when it files a rezoning application next year for the site on the south side of West 57th Avenue.
On the north side of West 57th Avenue is Langara Gardens, a rental complex co-owned by the Peterson Group and Concert Properties. The city is developing a redevelopment policy for the eight-hectare property.
“Developers would like to see a station achieved,” Haid noted. “It’s certainly good for access to their sites. So in both cases, we’re looking at opportunities for a potential contribution.”
When the Canada Line was built, provisions were made for future stations at 57th and 33rd avenues. The Pearson Dogwood lands and Langara Gardens are a 10-minute walk from Langara–49th Avenue Station to the north and Marine Drive Station to the south.
With high-density developments seen for both sites—as well as VCH’s plan to develop its remaining one-hectare portion of the Pearson Dogwood lands for health care and community uses—Haid said a station at 57th Avenue is an ideal amenity.
She said: “We want to, as planners, make it as livable and as complete a community as possible.”