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As anyone been inside the mall part yet while a train is going by? It seems to me that the echo would be outragous.
Was just down there today. The noise isn't bad at all in the mall concourse and I don't recall any echoing. Inside a store, the trains are probably as loud as a bus passing by outside. I would say it's quite tolerable.
I think it's kind of a shame they decided to put that big steppy plaza along eighth street at the corner of Columbia instead of at grade retail. It makes sense from a drawing people into the mall concourse perspective, but leaves a big blank dead wall on what is supposed to be a key intersection. It just seems wasteful to me.
Maybe in future an office block can be built on stilts above it.
I think the problem is that on the east side of the project, the developer wouldn't want access only through the SkyTrain Station in case the station is closed, as it would limit access. That would impact any 24 hour or late night restaurant tenants, and would apply during strikes, power outages or other situations when the station is closed.
Last edited by officedweller; Jan 12, 2012 at 1:32 AM.
Thanks for the photo update SpongeG. This is looking great, even better than I imagined it would look, and better than the renderings made it appear! Hopefully I will be able to check it all out this weekend.