Vancouver Airports planned outlet shopping mall may be moving to a new location.
Previously being considered for an area of vacant lead near BCIT off Russ Baker Way, YVR has switched focus to a new site on Sea Island, close to Templeton Canada Line station.
An alternative location is now on the table after YVR and its project partner, luxury UK-based outlet mall specialist McArthurGlen, hosted a series of public open houses in the summer.
As a result of those consultations, a potential alternate site on the northeast corner of Sea Island is being considered, said YVR spokesperson Alana Lawrence in an email to the News.
The potential alternate site offers closer access to the Templeton Canada Line station. Feasibility testing is currently underway and expected to be complete this fall.
The Vancouver Airport Authority (VAA) announced in June it had joined forces with Europes leading luxury designer outlet owner McArthurGlen to build a facility on airport land next to BCIT on the north bank of the Fraser Rivers middle arm.
Its proposal, however, irked the City of Richmond, which has a definite long-term vision and plan to contain all major retail to the city centre core and close to public transit.
The airports potential switch to the site next to Templeton Station will no doubt please city hall.