Colliers Consulting has enjoyed a close relationship with the Musqueam First Nation and its economic development arm, the Musqueam Capital Corporation for nearly a decade. When the Musqueum First Nation wanted to explore opportunities to maximize the value of land they owned near the Pacific Spirit Park at the University of British Columbia, they engaged Colliers Consulting.
Identifying opportunities and evaluating challenges
As the potential development marked the first time in Metro Vancouver that a First Nations band would independently embark on a mixed-use, multi-family development, the consulting group completed several analyses and studies in order to guide the development. As Lead Project Manager, the consulting group oversaw a team of consultants in evaluating development options, conducting a feasibility analysis, engaging with government stakeholders and media and navigating the regulatory and approvals process. A Rezoning Application, Official Community Plan (OCP) Amendment and Subdivision Plan were developed and approved for this masterplanned community.
Building genuine community
Lelem, which means “home” in the language of the Musqueam, will be built in multiple phases over the next decade and will comprise 1,250 homes when complete. Also on site, and being developed as part of the community’s first phase, will be a mixed-use village area with a plaza, grocery store, restaurants, shops, workforce housing and market and rental units. A new 15,000 square-foot community centre, day care and extensive open space will also be created on the site providing amenities for nearly 2,500 residents.