West Vancouver’s iconic Ambleside is set to be revitalized.

A large chunk of property in the beach-front district has been bought by local developer Grosvenor.

Grosvenor will be working with architect James Cheng to develop the city block, and hopes to provide a connection to the waterfront and will likely fund a new police station.

The 49,000 square foot property in the 1300-block of Marine Drive completes Grosvenor’s acquisition of the 85,525-square foot, 183 meter-long block where the district’s police department currently sits.

Throughout 2011, Grosvenor held several Ideas Fairs to get public feedback from a community worried about losing the area’s village vibe. Although there’s no word on design, height, or form just yet, Grosvenor is expected to return with a development application in six to nine months which will give an idea of the direction of the project.

But Grosvenor retains full support of those in charge, receiving unanimous support from council.

Mayor Michael Smith says, “This is an exciting time for West Vancouver. We have a good deal, a solid buyer in Grosvenor and a community that is totally engaged in what will be built on the 1300 Block. What Council voted on enables a full public consultation to take place on an application to revitalize a key area in our village centre.”

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