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Lynn Valley's Black Bear Pub up for redevelopment

The North Vancouver neighbourhood pub has been in business since 1997

It’s been Lynn Valley’s watering hole for more than 25 years but the owner of the land under the Black Bear Pub is seeking to redevelop.

The District of North Vancouver’s planning department now has a preliminary proposal to demolish the faux heritage building and parking lot and replace them with a six-storey midrise containing 98 purpose-built rental apartments and 12,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.

The proposal includes 108 underground vehicle parking spaces (74 for residents and 34 shared visitor-retail) plus 195 bicycle storage spaces.

The land is part of the Lynn Valley town centre, which is slated for commercial/residential mixed used redevelopment within the district’s official community plan, although council will have to vote on a rezoning bylaw for the development to go ahead.

Included in the project is a new pedestrian/cycling greenway leading to the plaza outside Lynn Valley Centre shopping mall. 

The neighbouring Safeway site is also the subject of a preliminary development application being vetted by district planning staff. The developer, Crombie REIT, is seeking to build five buildings ranging from six to 12 storeys, with 479 homes, a new supermarket and 13,400-square-foot public amenity space, plus 713 underground parking stalls, at 1170 East 27th St.