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Metropolis at Metrotown Master Plan to shape heart of Burnaby’s downtown

The creation of a true, single downtown core in the heart of Burnaby has taken a significant step forward as Burnaby City Council has asked staff to work with the owners of BC’s largest shopping mall on the Metropolis at Metrotown Master Plan.

“This is an exciting opportunity to deliver on the vision residents helped develop in the 2017 Metrotown Downtown Plan,” said Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley. “That plan outlines a vision of Metrotown as a real destination that attracts people for many reasons – not only to shop, but also to work, play, and spend a night on the town. The future Metrotown will reflect the diversity that makes this such a great city.”

The Metropolis at Metrotown Master Plan process launches what could become one of the largest redevelopments in Metro Vancouver’s history.

“The Metropolis at Metrotown Master Plan is a long-term vision for the area that will take decades to realize,” said Derek Coss, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Retail with Ivanhoe Cambridge, owners of Metropolis at Metrotown. “We are very proud to be partnering with the City of Burnaby to develop a vibrant, mixed use community at Metrotown.”

The subject area for the Metropolis at Metrotown Master Plan is 17.7 hectares (44 acres) and includes: 

  • Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre.
  • Three office towers (Metro Towers I, II, and III).
  • 4750 Kingsway – A portion of this site, the former Sears department store building, is included in the Master Plan. This property is owned by Concord Pacific.

Today, these three properties encompass approximately 1.7 million sq. ft. of retail space, 1.2 million sq. ft. of office space and more than 8,000 parking spaces.

The Master Plan will provide a framework for future site-specific rezoning applications for the development of an integrated, mixed-use downtown community, including indoor and outdoor retail spaces, new food and beverage options, market and non-market housing options, as well as parks and plazas.

What’s next?

Ivanhoe Cambridge will continue to define and refine the Master Plan in partnership with the City over the coming months and will be hosting a public information session on November 25 from 4-7 p.m. in the Atrium Court at Metropolis at Metrotown.

Learn More: Metrotown Downtown Plan

For more information contact:
Ed Kozak
Director, Planning and Building
604-294-7429 |

Meaghan Campbell 
Hill + Knowlton Strategies
On behalf of Ivanhoe Cambridge 
604-340-5025 |


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