The problem is, as I've previously noted, not just the fact that the site still hasn't been built out twenty-two years after Heritage Mall closed. The issue is that the buildings that have been erected are mostly low-rise with significantly fewer floors and units than was originally envisioned and promised. Thus there are far fewer people living on the site, and capacity for far fewer, than the proposal. That's a failure.I just visited Century Park to check out Le Louvre, and it was pretty pleasant. Nice little coffee shop, commercial buildings and a grocery store nearby, etc. I don't think the TOD is more than 10 years away from being a relative success.
I was just in Richmond at the end of the line, and the entire area is actually just a quiet suburban neighborhood with a few brand new towers and a shopping mall. It doesn't take much to get momentum.
Unless there is a secondary plan to start knocking down these relatively recently-built structures and replace them with much taller towers, what we've gotten is not what the community and city signed up for in the first place.
The tragedy is that this was not a redevelopment of an existing mall or the addition of a residential component to an ongoing shopping centre (such as has been suggested in the past for Southgate and WEM). Heritage Mall was completely razed and the site could be developed fully to a completely new vision. The fact that what we've gotten has been mostly a repeat of what's available lots of other places in the southwest is a tragedy. So much could have been done with the site. We didn't need more low-rise apartment buildings and yet another strip mall.