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The Lions Gate

The Lions Gate will be located at the northeast corner of Marine Drive and Taylor Way, positioned as a gateway into and out of the District of West Vancouver. The Lions Gate project is designed to reflect the initiatives, vision and existing policy of the current Official Community Plan. This development will enhance the entrance way to West Vancouver with a new manicured park space, and replace the current dilapidated retail complex on the site.

The Lions Gate project will consist of an architecturally striking multi-storey residential building over two levels of underground parking. The project will also include the restoration of an early west coast contemporary heritage office building, and building a new public park. A key component of the development will be the provision of new, and much needed, rental apartments to the West Vancouver community. The development has been designed in close consultation with the planning department of West Vancouver, contributing to the community through aspects such as housing diversity including rental units, the dedication of a new community park, walkability and heritage restoration.

The Executive Group

Executive Group is a Vancouver based diversified real estate development and management company. The principals of Executive have been long-term residents of the West Vancouver community. The company's President, Salim Sayani, was born and raised in North Vancouver and currently lives in West Vancouver. The Executive Group is a proud Canadian company that believes in incorporating quality architecture and developing meaningful community amenities as components of its residential projects.



Official Community Plan

By aligning with the vision of the current Official Community Plan, we will implement several urban design principles and specific measures to ensure our development is beneficial to the community of West Vancouver and synonymous with the core objectives set forward by the district. We embody this in our design through the prioritizing of pedestrian-friendly structures, housing diversity, community open space, and in preserving heritage.

Given the emphasis that is placed on cycling traffic, pedestrian routes and public transit in our planning, our development is strongly advantageous in terms of reducing vehicle traffic in the area. In addition, this development has superior access to public transit, bike routes and walkability to the Park Royal Shopping Village, as well as the downtown core.

Traffic

Given that our Lions Gate project is situated in an area that embodies both community and commuting, we have designed our development with the intention of maintaining current culture, while REDUCING our impact on traffic flow within the West Vancouver area. We have based our findings on an independently produced professional traffic study by Canada's leading transportation management consultants, who confirm that the impact to traffic operations on the area road network would be negligible or may even reduce trip counts in comparison to the site's current retail use. This is because the current drive oriented retail complex on the site will be replaced with rental and market apartments which produce lower trip counts.

Housing Diversity

To abide by the municipality's vision to increase rental stock, we intend to contribute to the needs of the West Vancouver community by providing a competitive assortment of rental and market housing. This development will bring new residents into the neighborhood with approx.111 dwelling units and a varying mix of housing types and sizes, ranging from one-bedroom units to larger family-oriented homes. Ideal for single parents, seniors, young adults and families looking to downsize into condo living, our development is intentionally structured to cater to the needs of the West Vancouver community, and abide by the Housing Policy that is regarded within the current Official Community Plan.

Community Open Space

A context study proposed by the District of West Vancouver Planning Department indicates the importance of bisecting urban growth and prosperity with the lush, west coast greenery that makes this community so sought after. We strive to compliment this within our development, through the creation of green space, significant pedestrian links and in dedicating a new public park to the District of West Vancouver. The park Executive Group intends to donate to the city will be located at the high profile corner of Taylor Way and Marine Drive and will be a beautiful and fitting addition to the gateway of West Vancouver, replacing the current demolished gas station which sat on this corner for years.

Jonathan Losee Landscape Architecture

The new proposed park has been designed by the renowned landscape architect Jonathan Losee, and its design is intended to increase the possibility for social interaction and to beautify the entrance to West Vancouver. We feel that open spaces, as well as the Capilano River, should be acknowledged and celebrated in our planning. Thus, we have incorporated access to green space and the river into our development so local residents may cherish the unique culture of the west coast.

Private Community Space

In order to heighten the possibility for healthy social interaction, our initiative offers a private community garden in which residents can plant vegetables and flowering plants. We anticipate a resident's vegetable and flower garden to be a positive action in creating a community that is interconnected and strong.

One aspect that Executive prioritizes within this project is the essence of preserving heritage. Currently on the site at 660 Clyde is the Woyat-Bowie Building, which was designed by influential architects, Fred Hollingsworth and Barry Downs.

Heritage

Constructed in 1966, the one storey structure stands as an inspiration to the architects of the post-war era, and exemplifies the early stages of contemporary architecture on the west coast. In implementing the approved conservation plan, West Vancouver will have the opportunity to protect and celebrate the timeless traits of this important heritage listed building. Elements that contribute to the unique nature of the building include a raised monitor roof, a keen arrangement of internal courtyards, a shallow reflecting pool and the building's relationship to the street with a landscaped entrance. Executive intends to fully restore and permanently preserve this wonderful heritage structure.

Walkability

It has been acknowledged that navigating Marine Drive as a pedestrian can be challenging, due to consistent traffic and a severe lack in pedestrian paths. To solve this issue, we intend to utilize our space in order to bridge the Park Royal shopping district and the Capilano River area. This will also be executed at the Lions Gate project through the creation of steps, planting and strategic lighting in order to create a pleasant sense of arrival, entry and safety. Attention was placed on the development edges to ensure a strengthened relationship occurs with the public realm. In striving to promote a friendly pedestrian streetscape which is comfortable, safe, and facilitating of public transit, we feel that this contribution will help foster a community that is healthy and complete.

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