Another parkade that has already bit the dust (or, rather, turned into dust) is historically on a site that was the first thing a visitor would see after arriving by train (whether CPR or SkyTrain) and exiting Waterfront Station.  The corner of Cordova and Granville is documented, of course, by Changing Vancouver:


The transition from 1911 storefronts to parkade was in 1969.  The parkade itself came down in 2018.

Nothing quite illustrates the insensitivity of Motordom design than the Granville-Cordova intersection.  The parkade had zero pedestrian-friendly frontage.  Across the street, the entrance to the Granville Square podium directly at the foot of our most prominent retail corridor blocks the view of the water and mountains even as it creates a dangerous crossing for pedestrians.  Turn to the left, and there’s the triple whammy of a concrete passerelle separating pedestrians from the street, another dark entrance to more subterranean parking, and too-narrow sidewalks on both sides.

 

If the Central Waterfront Hub plan for this part of the city goes ahead in some form, we can anticipate adding most of the Granville Square podium to our graveyard of demolished parkades and, hopefully, a complete redesign of this unnecessarily wide stretch of Cordova in front of Waterfront Station:

 

By that time, the parkade site will have been replaced by the Bosa Waterfront Centre, credited to Kohn Pedersen Fox.

 

What the Granville frontage will look like then:

Don’t you just love the businessman on the bike.

Comments

  1. Well, it beats a parking lot but that’s about the best thing I can say about the new building. The one going up on the opposite corner of the same block is equally bad. A third on the same block, the only one I liked, seems to be on hold.

    While Granville Square is not ideal it is a pretty popular place when the weather is pleasant. The Hub plans will reduce it by at least 2/3, further disconnect it from the street and make it essentially useless as a “public” gathering place. While that would be tolerable if The Hub plan included a worthy replacement but it does not. Instead we’ll get a network of more roads.

    1. 4 levels of parking ——– next to a skytrain station——– COV s so called VISION councils solution to over crowded skytrains

  2. COP 24 ended this week, an effort by humanity to bring A-I under control and save us all from environmental collapse. The recommendation: Carbon pollution must be cut in half in 12 years’ time, must be zero in 32 years.

    Meanwhile PriceTags has featured “The 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s Are Coming Down”. The documentation of building demolition and reconstruction at the large scale. I am struck by the unnecessary material and energy waste that these projects represent. One has to ask the question; How will we ever reach carbon targets with a development strategy like the one that is documented here?

    The disconnect between what we know about carbon emissions and what we do seems enormous.

    We could at least begin to consider zero waste development strategies that might work like this:

    #9 great project, recycle parkade steel and concrete
    #8&7 no demolition. find new uses for mid rise parkade structure
    #6 demolish, recycle, redevelop from 3 floors commercial to high rise res
    #5 no demolition, infill and reuse hotel structure
    #4 no demolition, infill around medical towers
    #3 no demolition, too wasteful, retain and build elsewhere.
    #2 great project redevelopment from 1 floor commercial to high rise res Jenga style
    #1 total waste of a solid mid rise structure

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