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Sears building coming down at Richmond Centre

There will eventually be 12 towers built at Richmond Centre.
Construction fencing has been put up at CF Richmond Centre as the first phase of redevelopment gets underway.

One end of CF Richmond Centre has turned into a construction zone.

The brick Sears building and the parkade are being torn down along with part of the mall to make way for residential towers and new stores.

Some retail shops are closing while others like Sport Chek are relocating within the mall.

This is the first phase of redevelopment, and, when built out, it will include more than a thousand residential units, 175,000 square feet of new commercial space and more than 2,000 new parking stalls, some underground.

When fully built - being done in two phases - there will be 2,200 residential units in 12 towers with 150 affordable rental units and 200 market rental units.

Almost 50 per cent of the units will be two- and three-bedroom units.

The retail shops will be built out to face the No. 3 Road, and there will also be improved pedestrian walkways to the Canada Line Station.

Richmond city council approved the plans in late 2018.