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A tale of two Marpoles: With the redevelopments on Granville and Cambie are we becoming West Marpole and East Marpole? Tweet us your thoughts using hashtag #marpoleonline

“If Marpole was meant to replace Surrey as the hinterland you don't want to come from, it's unlikely to be a joke target for long. A 20-minute bus ride connects this clutch of stucco walk-ups and Vancouver Specials with the city's high-rise heart.” — Vancouver Magazine

Marpole Safeway Redevelopment

The new Marpole Safeway opened December 2013! Marpole Liquor Store opened August 2014!

Marpole Safeway Rendering

Marpole Safeway Update

Grand Opening: Friday, December 13, 2013
Hours Operation: 7am – midnight, seven days a week
Store Size: 53,132 square feet
Total Employee: 160 (80 new positions)

Grand Opening

The store's grand opening takes place on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7:00am and the celebration will continue all weekend and includes a number of specials and gift card giveaways.

Introducing Safeway's Lifestyle Design

The design of the new Marpole Safeway reflects the evolving needs of the busy Metro Vancouver grocery shopper who is seeking easy meal solutions, healthy alternatives and items that address a wide range of dietary concerns. The new Marpole Safeway carries premium brands, locally grown fresh produce, a range of organic options and authentic Asian products in every department and every aisle.

Revitalization Of Old Marpole

The opening of the Marpole Safeway marks the first phase of an incredible redevelopment for this vibrant community. Incorporated into the storefront design was the need to acknowledge the visual history of the original Safeway store with the arched glulam beams once synonymous with Safeway across the Lower Mainland. Safeway has incorporated these glulam beams once again over the entrances.

Safeway's Commitment To The Environment

- LEED Silver Certifiable
- Green rooftop
- Energy Star Rated Equipment has been installed to maximize energy efficiency
- In store facilities to maximize waste diversion such as: composting bins, cardboard recycling and plastic bag recycling containers

New Departments And Services

Consumers can easily identify locally grown, harvested and processed foods by looking for the Buy BC Food shelf tags. There are premium, locally grown and Canadian products in every department.

Expanded offerings for those seeking gluten free, diabetic, organics, environmental, all natural products or products for those that have health specific needs.

Over 120 fresh organic produce items including; Local Garden, Happy Planet and Roots Organic offerings.

Marpole Safeway New Departments And Services

Baked fresh in store ~ 65% of the bakery product has been made from scratch in store, including a variety of Artisan breads, donuts and baked goods. Custom cake design and decorating is available for every special occasion!

Private pharmacy consultation area; reflecting the changing role of Safeway pharmacists who provide full consultation services and a variety of immunizations for the community.

European style Deli which offers restaurant quality ready to go meal solutions, a cheese grating station, expanded olive bar, fresh Dim Sum, made to order sandwiches and Signature soups.

Sushi Bar – fresh in-store made sushi, sashimi and salad rolls.

Authentic Asian products in every department and every aisle.

Full Service Meat department featuring AAA grain fed and hand selected Canadian Beef. Our Marpole team will prepare any cut you want, any way you want!

Fresh Sustainable seafood products recognized by SeaChoice as a "Best Choice" for sustainability.

Starbucks, including hot breakfast items.

NOV 2013 — The re-opening of the new Marpole Safeway is now just one month away.

Safeway has been advertising that it will open its new, larger Marpole store on Friday, December 13, 2013. The company is also looking to hire new staff for the store. While it has not been confirmed, we anticipate that their temporary location at 68th & Granville St. will be closed once the new store and pharmacy are open and operational.

Construction work has progressed rapidly during the fall season, due to the good weather. Several elements of public art on the Granville & 70th project will be put in place shortly. The developer has been working with Musqueam Nation artists on several art pieces that will add interest and attraction to the site and area.

The residential towers and townhomes facing Cornish St. will take a little longer to finish. The entire development project is scheduled to be completed in 2015. Please direct questions, inquiries and concerns via email or phone to the Marpole BIA office.

Please use the information provided here to keep your customers, clients and patients notified as best possible.

Marpole Safeway construction moving quickly

MAY 2013 — It's impossible not to notice. The redevelopment of the Marpole Safeway site is moving very quickly, as the storeys of the residential tower next to the new Safeway rise above Granville Street.

According to the architect, the construction crews are moving at a quick pace - about one storey per week. The pace will begin to slow once the concrete has been poured and the interior finishing work - wiring, plumbing, drywalling - begins.

The word on the street is that the new 55,000 sq ft Safeway may be open by Christmas 2013, though that has not been officially verified. Members and residents are hopeful, however, that the grocery store will reopen sooner than previously anticipated.

An early opening will mean a return to some measure of normalcy for residents and businesses, though the residential build-out of the entire site will continue for another 24 months.

Safeway Redevelopment Fast Facts

  • The new Safeway store will be 50,000 sq ft store
  • There will be 173 store underground parking stalls.
  • There will be a total of 357 residential units built; 31 rental units, and 326 condo/townhouse units.
  • A new pedestrian-activated crossing light is proposed for mid-block between 68th and 70th Avenues.
  • A new 6,400 sq ft BC liquor store will be built and be accessible from 70th Avenue.

Marpole Safeway redevelopment is underway

NOV 2012 — The redevelopment of the Marpole Safeway is in full swing.

The Safeway and BC Liquor Store buildings were demolished some weeks ago, after the heritage curved, wooden beams were removed for reuse elsewhere. The site is now a mass of concrete, construction workers and large machines, moving quickly along the building process.

The Safeway Pharmacy and temporary store has relocated to the old Rogers Video location at 8377 Granville St., at 68th Avenue. Their phone number is 604-263-7267. The BC Liquor Store has also opened next store, and will remain there for several years, as the new Liquor store is being built after Safeway reopens.

Please direct questions, inquiries and concerns via email or phone to the Marpole BIA office. Please use the information provided here to keep your customers, clients and patients notified as best possible.

Please also advise your customers and clients about their parking options during this busy construction time. Access to on-street parking will be restricted from time to time as construction requires.

AUG 2012 — Marpole Safeway to close on Sept 6, 2012. Temporary pharmacy, health/beauty and dry goods location at 68th & Granville will open on Sept 7, 2012.

JUL 2012 — The developer and Safeway have indicated that the closure of the existing store remains on track for sometime in August 2012

JUN 2012 — The redevelopment of the Marpole Safeway property has begun. Fencing was installed in the parking lot a few weeks ago, and the heavy equipment has rolled in to begin the excavation process in the southern portion of the parking lot.

The developer and Safeway have indicated that the closure of the existing store remains on track for sometime in August.

The temporary Pharmacy and store, located at 68th Ave and Granville St. will open immediately afterwards, and will
offer dry goods, health & beauty products, and a small selection of bread, milk and egg products.

The Marpole BIA will continue working closely with the City, developer and architect to coordinate scheduling and mitigate as much negative impact as possible.

Please direct questions, inquiries and concerns via email marpolebia@marpoleonline.com or phone (604-418-8232) to the Marpole BIA office. We will also work to keep members posted via direct email notices and via our Twitter feed - @marpolevillage.

Please use the information provided to keep your customers, clients and patients notified as best possible.
Everyone will be interested in the how, where and when things will happen over the coming year.

Marpole Safeway to close early summer; will remain open during parking lot construction

MAY 2012 — Marpole Safeway will remain open throughout the parking lot construction but will close while they re-build the new store beginning early summer.

Marpole Safeway nearing next phase

APR 2012 — The redevelopment plans for the Marpole Safeway site are steadily moving through the permitting processes at City Hall.

The developer Westbank anticipates that construction hoarding and equipment will be moving onto the site in the next eight weeks, and that the demolition of the old Safeway store will take place as late as August.

Please keep in mind that these dates and information are subject to change, and we will try to keep you as up-to-date as possible through email channels, our website, and social media.

Temporary Relocation of Safeway Pharmacy to 68th Avenue

As you may be aware, both the Safeway Pharmacy and the BC Liquor Store will be relocating to temporary stores, at 8377 and 8375 Granville St. respectively.

The Safeway pharmacy will not only offer its usual pharmaceutical services and dispensary, but will also stock sundry items such as bread and milk, and other daily needs. We are working with Safeway to ensure that existing customers will not have to leave the Marpole commercial district to obtain products and services they can get now, and that other Marpole businesses recognize the opportunity to fill in some of the retail gaps left by the full store closure.

Safeway Redevelopment | Fast Facts

  • The new Safeway store will be 50,000 sq ft store
  • There will be 173 store underground parking stalls.
  • There will be a total of 357 residential units built; 31 rental units, and 326 condo/townhouse units.
  • A new pedestrian-activated crossing light is proposed for mid-block between 68th and 70th Avenues.
  • A new 6,400 sq ft BC liquor store will be built and be accessible from 70th Avenue.

Marpole Safeway to close early summer but will remain open during parking lot construction

APR 2012 — Marpole Safeway will remain open throughout the Stag I parking lot construction. During Stage II (beginning early summer) Marpole Safeway will close while they re-build the new store. Marpole Safeway Pharmacy will be temporarily located at 8377 Granville Street and will continue to serve you with a selection of grocery and health and beauty care items available.

FEB 2012 — The neighbourhood residents witnessed the sprouting of white survey pegs, the replacement of a green, living screen by a chain-link fence sporting advertizing - effectively a very long bill board on 70th west of Granville. It looks like construction prep of phase one has begun with the "west tower".

Marpole Safeway Closure & Demolition

JAN 2012 — Westbank Corporation reports that construction of the Granville & 70th project starts March 2012 with a new Safeway coming Fall 2013. The residential component is to be completed by February 2014.

JAN 2012 — The proposed Marpole Safeway redevelopment plan continues to wind its way through the City of Vancouver's approval process.

In November, the Director of Planning approved the
Development Permit, which allows the developer to move forward to finalize building designs and plans for building and demolition permits.

While we do not have details about the closure or demolition of the existing Safeway store, we understand that these activities will happen at some point within the next few months.

We will try to keep you as up to date as we can, information permitting.

Westbank and its real estate consultant Magnum Projects
will begin the marketing of the development - to be known as Granville & 70th - in the very near future.

Marpole Safeway redevelopment to proceed

JUN 2011 — Vancouver City Council approved of the rezoning and redevelopment of the Marpole Safeway store and property, as its meeting on May 3rd, 2011.

This means that Safeway and its developer, Westbank Properties, can proceed with the building of the new 50,000 sq ft Safeway store, the 6,000 sq ft liquor store, some smaller commercial and office units, and the three proposed multi-family high rise and townhouse units on the site.

No dates have yet been scheduled for demolition or construction.

The Marpole BIA will continue working closely with the City, developer and architect to coordinate scheduling and mitigate as much negative impact as possible.

Please direct questions, inquiries and concerns via email or phone to the Marpole BIA office. We will also work to keep members posted via direct email notices and via our Twitter feed - @marpolevillage.

Please use the information provided to keep your customers, clients and patients notified as best possible. Everyone will be interested in the how, where and when things will happen over the coming year.

Towers approved for Marpole Safeway site — Residents seek long-term planning for Vancouver neighbourhood

MAY 2011 — Rezoning to allow a 16-storey tower on the Marpole Safeway site on Granville Street passed at city hall May 17, 2011. No dates have yet been scheduled for demolition or construction. [FULL VANCOUVER COURIER STORY]

Safeway Redevelopment Plan Moves Forward

APR 2011 — The rezoning and redevelopment of the Marpole Safeway site will be going to a Public Hearing at City Hall on Thursday, April 21st.

This redevelopment proposal is an important and positive catalyst for change in the Marpole commercial district. It is strongly supported by the Board of the Marpole Business Association.

We are pleased to include some important facts about this development proposal, for you and your customers’ information and reference.

Mar 2011 — City Council Agenda | Marpole Safeway Report The proposed Marpole Safeway redevelopment plan has moved a few more steps forward since Sep 2010 following a community open house held Dec 2010. The Public Hearing Date was Apr 21, 2011.

Safeway Redevelopment Facts

1. A New Safeway Store

Safeway will maintain its Marpole location, and build a new 50,000 sq ft store, establishing a streetwall along the Granville Street sidewalk. Store parking will be placed underground. There will be 173 store parking stalls.

2. More Residents for Marpole

There will be a total of 357 residential units built; 31 rental units, and 326 condo/townhouse units.
There are two residential towers; at heights of 16 stories and 14 stories. The townhouses along Cornish are stepped back from the street, and are a total of 9 stories in height.

The new units will allow existing residents to down-size and remain in the community, and permit young families to consider new alternative housing options.

3. New Intersection Crossing Light

A new pedestrian-activated crossing light is proposed for mid-block, between 68th and 70th Avenue. This will allow for better access to the Safeway store, and increase pedestrian crossing safety.

4. New & Reoriented Liquor Store

A new 6,400 sq ft liquor store will be relocated along and be accessible from 70th Avenue.
There will also be some smaller service and retail units in the commercial lane behind Safeway, and along Cornish Street.

5. Landscaping & Pocket Park

There will be extensive green landscaping integrated into the development site, as well as a children’s playground and pocket parks.

6. Environmental Considerations

This will be a LEED Gold performance building, with high architectural quality and detailing. There is a green roof proposed for the Safeway store, as well as garden plots on the townhouse roof. There will be a rainwater collection system for irrigation, and efficient mechanical systems.

Marpole Safeway Redevelopment Details

Please feel free to share the Safeway redevelopment facts & information we've provided in this newsletter. There are also links and the full proposal document available on our website - marpoleonline.com. Finally, we are available to answer any questions you may have. Email us at marpolebia@marpoleonline.com or phone 604-418-8232.

Marpole Safeway Rezoning Update

JAN 2011 — The proposed Marpole Safeway redevelopment plan has moved a few more steps forward since September.

A public open house meeting was held in early December, and was well-attended by the community.

The architect and developer also presented the proposal to the Urban Design Panel in January, and received approval from Panel members for the development's design.

The design has been revised somewhat since its early days (and may yet still). The tower next to the Safeway has been reduced to 16 stories, and will now be mostly condo strata units. The building along 70th Avenue will be 15 stories, and the townhomes along Cornish will be nine stories high.

The new Safeway store is to be built at the streetfront on Granville St., and will be 50,000 sq ft in size.

The next step in the process will be a public hearing, which should be scheduled within the coming months.

Your feedback about this redevelopment is still welcome to the City of Vancouver. Project details can be viewed here on marpoleonline.com.

Please send your comments directly to Dwayne Drobot, the Development Planner in charge of this rezoning application. Email: Dwayne.Drobot@vancouver.ca.

Urban Design Panel Meeting

JAN 2011 — Please see the link to the Urban Design Panel Meeting notice for 8495 Granville St., the Marpole Safeway redevelopment. The meeting will take place next Wednesday, January 12th at 4 PM at City Hall.

Here's some information on what the Urban Design Panel does and how it functions. The proponents make presentations about their developments, and invite comments/criticisms from the Panel members. While the meeting proceedings are open to the public, there is no public commentary permitted or invited.

Function and Authority

The Panel gives impartial and professional advice to the Director of Planning, Development Permit Board or City Council on any proposal or policy affecting the community’s physical environment. In particular, the Panel offers advice on significant development permit applications which are to be reviewed by the Development Permit Board or Director of Planning, as well as comprehensive rezoning applications and other projects of public interest.

The Panel’s reviews also include all civic works such as bridges, roadworks, parks, beautification projects, transit systems, civic buildings and design competitions. They may choose to select additional projects to review as well. The Panel also assists the Planning Department and City Council in the formulation of urban design policy and criteria, including the design and inter-relationship of all physical components of the City. Projects are presented by staff from the Urban Design and Development Planning Centre, Rezoning Centre, and other City departments.

The Panel is strictly an advisory body and makes recommendations only. It does not have the authority to approve or refuse projects or make policy decisions.

NOTICE OF COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE - 8495 Granville Street (Marpole Safeway) Application: The applicant proposes to redevelop the site by demolishing the existing supermarket, replacing it on the Granville Street frontage, and adding residential units. A total of 357 units are proposed for this development in three buildings. The proposed heights are 16, 15, and 9 storeys, with a maximum height of 72 metres (236 ft.). The density allowed on the site would increase 2.50 FSR to 2.80 FSR.

To find out more about this application, you are invited to attend a Community Open House:

Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Place: Marpole Place, 1305 West 70th Avenue

The applicant team and City staff will be available to answer your questions and receive your comments. For more information regarding this proposal, please visit our website at: vancouver.ca/rezapps If you do not have web access, please contact Dwayne Drobot, Planner at 604.871.6738. Written comments may also be sent to City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4, by fax to 604.873.7060, or by email to: dwayne.drobot@vancouver.ca

Open house: Changes in Marpole

Areas in the Marpole community are changing. Come to an information session to learn about the proposals, emerging policy and rezoning process on Monday, September 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Marpole/Oakridge Community Centre, 990 West 59th Avenue. There will be a panel forum followed by open discussion.

The City has received several rezoning applications which include the corners of Cambie Street and Marine Drive and the Safeway site at West 70th Avenue and Granville Street. Both applications propose new development with stores, services, increased residential density and higher buildings.

It’s a chance to offer your ideas, which will help shape the development of the neighbourhood, and find how you can stay involved in it. The input you provide will be considered throughout the process.

Pre-event open houses will be held from 5 to 6:30 pm for those unable to attend the panel forum. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Rezoning Application - 8495 Granville Street
Henriquez Partners Architects has applied, on the behalf of Westbank Projects, to rezone the site from C-2 (Commercial) to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District.  The purpose of the rezoning is to redevelop the site with four major building elements which includes replacement of the Safeway grocery store on Granville Street, a 24-storey rental tower, a 14 storey market condominium tower, and a 9-storey slab building consisting of townhouses at street level and condominium units above. The proposed maximum height would be 72 m (236 ft.).  The total floor area proposed would be 37,647.8 square metres (405,250 sq. ft.) with a maximum density increased from 2.5 FSR (floor space ratio) to 3.14 FSR.

The proposed increase in density is to secure the provision of the rental housing. The rezoning application is being considered under the Short Term Incentives for Rental (STIR) Program approved by City Council on June 18, 2009. This program responds to low vacancy rates and the lack of new purpose-built rental housing by providing a strategic set of City incentives to encourage and facilitate the development of new market rental housing.

You can provide comments by filling out a City of Vancouver online feedback form.

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