For years, the city has talked about removing the Granville Loops.
Those are the off-ramps linking the north end of the Granville Bridge to Pacific Street, winding around the Black Top cab property on the west and the former Cecil Hotel site on the east.
Today, Cressey Development Group released an artist's rendering of what the area will look like when these huge slabs of pavement are wiped off the map.
The elimination of the Granville Loops will provide much easier pedestrian access from this part of the downtown to the waterfront.
Eventually, Rolston Crescent, which runs south of Drake Street, will be divided into two narrow one-way streets. According to the city, pedestrians will be able to go down these streets to False Creek, thanks to "safe new crossings on Pacific Boulevard".
Behind the Best Western Hotel on the west side of Granville, Cressey is developing the 193-unit, 32-storey Maddox high-rise.
Earlier this year, Cressey vice president Hani Lammam told the Straight that his company prefers investing in neighbourhoods with the breadth of services that condo living requires.
"Once we’re satisfied that the services and the amenities and the transportation systems will all be there, then we can step in," he said, citing Maddox as a "perfect example" of this.
The company has two development sites in the block—one for Maddox and the Maddox sales centre next door, which will be redeveloped into a rental building.
Meanwhile, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has designed a twisting, 49-storey tower that will be developed at the corner of Howe Street and Beach Avenue for Westbank Projects Corp. Rize Alliance is proceeding with its 23-storey tower called The Rolston at the former Cecil Hotel site. And Onni Group is building a 47-storey tower called Mark on the southern end of Seymour Street.
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