A massive condo development adjacent the Richmond Olympic Oval will see more than 2,600 units built over the next 10 to 15 years.

The River Green waterfront community, launched yesterday in Richmond, will be developed on an 11-hectare site along the Fraser River.

The centrepiece of the development, the Oval, was the premier venue during the 2010 Games.
It will be converted this fall into a community and wellness centre that includes a track, two ice-rinks and eight basketball courts.

Phase 1 of the development, which will kick off at a launch event in May, includes 458 units.

The complex will eventually include 25 buildings and will be built to LEED silver environmental standards.

It will include indoor swimming pools, 24-hour concierges, private islands and water gardens.

According to CBC News, architect James Cheng said the dike along the river would have to be raised, the land reinforced and the buildings designed like the hulls of boats to mitigate the risk of flooding.