While it won’t be happening any time soon, the City of Burnaby has unanimously voted to take down the Metropolis at Metrotown.
When this happens, businesses and residents alike will be forced to relocate in the area or perhaps move out of the city.
Numerous residents are outraged by this news, and believe it is a forced eviction in an area where rent is extremely expensive.
Not only will renters find the ordeal frustrating, but businesses will be faced with some potentially difficult decisions.
It is unknown exactly which shops will stay and which will go, or what the contracts stipulate at this time; however, the entire appearance of the shopping area will change. The changes will force the remaining businesses to rethink their original design, and it may not work for all of them.
A New Look For Metrotown
While the plans are not set in stone, current sketches of the proposed Metrotown redevelopment convey a completely different design. Not only is the entire mall outside, but there are generous green spaces and boardwalks laced throughout the retail space.
Other questions regarding the development have come up, such as whether there will still be free parking if the mall moves to this new layout. If shopping area’s like Robson Street are any indication, they cold be some hefty parking fees.
This concept would be somewhat similar to the current look of the Station Square building next door.
The residential areas will look decidedly different, too. With bright, fancy new condos and developments, its safe to say the rent will be markedly higher for most areas.
While these changes are still a long time off in the future, they will have a tremendous impact on the entire community.
What do you think is the best strategy for the shopping area in the Metrotown? Do you think that they should keep the indoor Metropolis mall or make it into an outdoor shopping centre?
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