VSB consults community about ownership of Kingsgate Mall
The Vancouver School Board is consulting with neighbours of the Kingsgate Mall to learn what they value at the site now and into the future. A pop up discussion will be held at Kingsgate Mall, 370 East Broadway, on Sunday, May 1 from 1-4:30 pm.
This discussion is part of VSB's consultations with the public about the future of facilities in its Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP). VSB owns four non-school properties:
- Kingsgate Mall
- The nursery/grounds facility at 5905 Wales
- The VSB works yard at 1549 Clark Dr
- The Education Centre at 1580 W Broadway
VSB owns the Kingsgate Mall property, and has a long term lease on the building and operations with Beedie Group. The school board and City of Vancouver acquired parcels of land at the current mall's location in the late 1800s. Mount Pleasant School was built in 1892. The City transferred all of the land to VSB in 1962. The area became a traffic and commercial hub and a new school was built in a nearby residential area. The property was vacated in 1972 and the mall was constructed in 1974, including a commercial lease.
Before making any decisions about the lease or future interest in the property VSB has committed to consulting with the public. The May 1 event will be an early, high-level ideas discussion to hear from stakeholders, community partners and the public about what they value at the location now and for the future.