08 Nov A Phased Approach
One of the top questions we get in regards to the proposed Oakridge Co-op redevelopment is if area residents are going to lose the grocery store they love, as well as the services of of other businesses currently located in the shopping centre. The short answer is no – the current Co-op store will not be closing until its replacement is built. This also applies to the banks, medical offices and most of the other services on-site.
The proposed development will take a phased approach to make this happen. The first phase will be to build a new building on the west edge of the property (circled in the image). This two story building will have retail/office on the main level and offices on the second. This will be the new home of many of the current tenants found in the “mall” area.
There will also be a breezeway in the centre of this new building to allow for pedestrian access to the town homes currently located behind this new building, to allow for safe pedestrian access to the property and services.
Once the new building is complete and tenants have moved in, the current mall portion of the Co-op shopping centre will be demolished and construction on the new store will begin. The existing Co-op store will continue to be operational while this occurs, however the mall access to Co-op will be closed.
Once the new store is built, it will open and the old store will be closed. At that time, it will be torn down and construction of the new residence complex will begin. The residences will be 1-3 bedroom units with a secure courtyard garden over top of grade level parking. The south side (facing the parking lot) will have retail at ground level. The west side will have a pedestrian lane-way (with vehicle access restricted to emergency vehicles only). The north side (facing Oakmoor Drive) will see residences at ground level, creating a more welcoming and pedestrian friendly streetscape for those on Oakmoor.
The fourth phase will be a mixed use building at the corner of Oakmoor Dr and 24th street. It will have office on the main level, with two floors of office space above. There will be an additional 8 storeys of residential completing the building. A two level underground parkade will provide parking for residents of this building.
The A&W, Boston Pizza, Co-op liquor store, gas bar and car wash will remain unchanged in this re-development, with the exception of improved pedestrian access points, parking realignment and landscaping.
We are currently in the process of submitting development permit applications. We are hoping to begin construction in about a year. The entire project, from first shovel to last light bulb is expected to take 5-6 years to complete, with the new Co-op store at the 2.5 year mark. To stay up-to-date with the lastest project details, please sign up for our email updates here. If you have any questions, please contact us here.