Construction has begun in downtown Vancouver to transform 800 Robson Street into a permanent, public plaza. Robson Square is closed until the spring of 2020.
As the downtown continues to grow with more residents, businesses and visitors each year, the demand on public spaces also continues to increase. Creating a permanent plaza at 800 Robson Street, in partnership with the Province of B.C., fills a vital need for public space with important social, cultural, and civic functions.
Once complete, the new plaza will feature a flexible open space for year-round events with moveable seating and tables, additional benches and lighting. A continuous level surface of concrete and pavers will create consistency with the recently renovated šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (located on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery).
The project will provide better separation for people cycling and driving at the intersection of Hornby and Robson Streets.
The $5.38 million capital project has been under discussion at city hall for years. Councillors voted to permanently close 800 Robson Street to vehicle traffic in 2016 and funding was approved this January for the redesign.
During construction, there will be an accessible pedestrian detour directing people to Georgia Street along the north side of the art gallery.