Kingsgate Mall redevelopment

The potential exists, redevelopment of Kingsgate Mall is likely but the timeline is unknown. Redevelopment hinges on multiple factors including the formalization of the Broadway Plan to determine the extent of what can be built, and a unified decision from the land owners, Vancouver School Board, as to what type of sale or partnership they'd like to enter. 

Kingsgate mall holds a special place in the hearts of many East Vancouverites. Located between Broadway & 10th and Kingsway and Prince Edward St, it's a one-stop shop and includes one of the most affordable grocers in the area in Buy-Low Foods. It's clear to most though, that this is a heavily under-utilized property. When we look to the newer, more glamorous and densely populated neighbour - The Independent (285 E 10th Ave) which soars 21 stories and includes a new Nesters & Starbucks, it becomes difficult to argue the land should stay unchanged. 

With the incoming addition of the Main-Broadway Skytrain station (see previous post for more information here), Vancouver School Board recognizes opportunity for revenue without a flat-out sale. The land value looking to be ~$150M +. At this time, Vancouver School Board prefers to find ways to maximize revenue into the future, ensuring regular income to continue covering costs years down the road. We've seen similar strategies arise from the Squamish Nation in plans to redevelop the old Molson site at the south end of Burrard Bridge, on the Senakw lands, with much of the construction aimed at rental housing for future revenue.

The Kingsgate Mall property was a contentious issue in 2016 for the previous Liberal government, which wanted the VSB to sell the property to help cover the school district's operating costs. VSB trustees had refused to close and sell and this later resulted in the firing of the entire board of trustees. 

Most recent discussions have included thoughts to work with a Developer through a long-term lease, where the property could be redeveloped into a mixed-use complex with a podium that provides new replacement retail space. Ideas include two towers, with VSB occupying one tower for workforce housing, student housing, affordable housing and an adult education centre. With the new skytrain station just next door, this becomes even more attractive. Looking out for the community, VSB also has debated inclusion of a daycare, seniors centre, and medical and mental health support services. The second tower would be set aside for market sale use determined by the developer.

Beedie Group already holds a 99-year lease on Kingsgate Mall and have already been in discussions with VSB about potential re-negotiation which could include a redevelopment. This could be a great partner from a local developer, who are known for high quality in both industrial and residential construction.

VSB intends to include much community consultation as to what becomes included, recognizing it's a beloved location by locals. Ultimately the board still needs to work through discussions with Developer partners and work through zoning potential for the area before moving forward.

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Chris Strand

Chris is an award winning, East Vancouver Realtor with over 8 years of experience and a portfolio of over 800 homes sold across resale & new development.

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