Eight Towers, 2,700 Units Proposed for Two Burquitlam Sites

The City of Coquitlam, YMCA and Concert Properties have entered into a partnership to exchange lands and rezone two sites in the Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan area to permit redevelopment on both sites. 

The two sites include:

  • Burquitlam Park – a 3.96 acre site on Smith Avenue, adjacent Bosa’s Uptown Development
  • Whitgift Gardens – a 5.45 acre site on Cottonwood Avenue, directly North of Bosa’s Lougheed Heights development, and West of Cottonwood Park

The sites are located in the Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan “Core” and “Shoulder” areas respectively. The proposal involves a property exchange between
the City (at Burquitlam Park) and Concert (Whitgift Gardens – an existing older rental residential complex).The exchange involves 2.15 acres of park land from Burquitlam Park to the Whitgift Gardens site to facilitate the expansion of Cottonwood Park and in return, the same area of developable land, with its associated density, is moved from the Whitgift Gardens site to the Burquitlam Park site.

The two components of the proposal include:

Burquitlam Park Site

  • A 50-storey condo tower and 30-storey rental tower;
  • 275 rental units;
  • 435 condo units;
  • a new 60,000 SF 3-storey YMCA recreation facility;
  • a new community police station;
  • total density of 6.30 FAR;
  • 930 parking stalls;
  • New 1.5 acre Burquitlam Park.

Whitgift Gardens Site 

  • Six highrise residential towers from 24 to 48-storeys in height;
  • Two rental towers of 37-storeys;
  • Four condo towers of 24, 25, 43 & 48-storeys;
  • 654 rental units;
  • 1,187 condo units;
  • 132 seniors market rental units;
  • 20-40 below market rental units;
  • standalone amenity building;
  • total density of 5.50 FAR;
  • 2,350 parking stalls;
  • Extension of Emerson Street and new East-West road.

The proposed market rental units represent a roughly 3:1 replacement ratio of the
existing rental units at Whitgift Gardens. The total value of all the public benefits including bonus density funds and CAC’s is $120 Million.

The architects for the project are Raymond Letkeman Architects and Endall Elliott.

Beedie Proposing Changes for Long Anticipated Fraser Mills Site

Beedie Living is proposing changes to its proposed development on the 89 acre ‘Fraser Mills’ site in Southwest Coquitlam, branded the Village at Fraser Mills.

The project, one of Metro Vancouver’s largest ever master planned communities, was approved nearly a decade ago when the City of Coquitlam approved a master plan including up to 3,700 residential units. In the years that followed, there has been very little development of the site, with only three industrial buildings having gone under construction more recently.

Beedie has now applied to the City to revise the overall plan for the site, citing “changing market conditions over the past nine years”.

Fraser MillsKey changes being proposed include:

  • Adding 1,000 residential units (up to 4,700)
  • Increasing the number of towers from 10 to 15;
  • Increasing tower heights up to 41-storeys;
  • Increase in total density from 4,062,430 SF to 4,757,000 SF;
  • Expanding the plan area to include vacant 4.8 acre Air Care site;
  • Addition of a 40,000 SF public community centre with aquatics;
  • Reducing the industrial space by 250,000 SF;
  • Reducing the proposed retail space by 50,000 SF;
  • Replacing the post-secondary use with a 4-storey strata office building;
  • Retaining the Kiewit Wharf as a public amenity;
  • Removing the elementary school use;
  • Reduction in number of project phases from 16 to 9.

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Further details regarding the application can be viewed here: http://www.coquitlam.ca/docs/default-source/council-agenda-documents/councilincommittee_2017_10_23_-_item_6.pdf?sfvrsn=2

75-Unit Project Planned for Burquitlam

Marcon has submitted a rezoning and development application to the City of Coquitlam for a new 6-storey residential building located 603-607 Regan Avenue, near the intersection of Clarke Road and Como Lake Road in the Burquitlam area.

The plan for the 28,000 SF site is to rezone from the existing RT-1 zoning to RM-3. The site is located within the Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan (BLNP) which was adopted by Council on June 26, 2017. The site is designated Medium Density Apartment Residential in the BLNP.

Details of the proposed project include:

  • 75 units
  • 38 one-bedrooms, 29 two-bedrooms & 8 three-bedrooms
  • a total density of 2.30 FAR
  • 103 underground parking spaces on two levels
  • $176,335 CAC

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The architect for the project is Rositch Hemphill

First Tower Planned for Maillardville Neighbourhood of Coquitlam

Newgen Group has submitted a rezoning application for a one acre site at the intersection of Blue Mountain Street and Lougheed Highway in the Maillardville area of Coquitlam. The plan calls for what would become the first highrise in the area.

Details of the proposed project, titled ‘Mont Bleu’, include:

  •  A 21-storey tower;
  • 155 units (including 8 townhouses);
  • 32 studios, 58 one-bedrooms, 48 two-bedrooms; 17 three-bedrooms;
  • four (4) retail CRU units and office space on the second level of the podium; 
  • a total density of 3.5 FAR
  • 239 underground parking spaces are proposed.

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218 Blue Mountain_4The proposed development generally complies with the applicable provisions of the C-5 Community Commercial Zone and is consistent with the Neighbourhood Centre designation in the Maillardville Neighbourhood Plan (MNP).

The architect for the project is DA Architects & Planners.

Two More Towers Planned for Burquitlam

Two more towers are planned for the Burquitlam area of Coquitlam. This application comes from Anthem for a 2 acre site in between Brookmere Park and Vancouver Golf Club at 585 Austin Avenue, East of North Road. The development would replace an existing 58-unit strata townhouse complex on the site.

The proposal requires rezoning from the existing RS-1 zone to RM-6 Multi-Storey High Density Residential to allow two highrise buildings.The site falls within the Transit-Oriented Development Strategy “Shoulder” area of Lougheed Skytrain Station.

Details include:

  • 379 residential units
  • 139 one-bedrooms, 285 two-bedrooms, 55 three-bedrooms
  • a 23-storey tower and a 28-storey tower
  • a total density of 4.0 FAR
  • 22,000 SF of amenity space
  • 576 parking spaces on 3.5 floors of underground parking

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466-Unit, Two Tower Project Planned for Burquitlam

Cressey has submitted a rezoning application for a 1.8 acre site at 430-450 Westview Street, just East of North Road and South of Austin Avenue in the Burquitlam Area of Coquitlam.

The site is zoned RM-4 but designated as high-density residential in the Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan and is currently occupied by two older lowrise apartment buildings containing a total of 101 rental units.

The redevelopment plan includes a new condo development with a rental development replacing the existing units at a ratio of 2:1. Details include:

  • Two towers -a 35-storey condo tower & a 22-storey rental tower
  • 264 condo units (average 675 SF) 106 one-beds, 153 two-beds and 5 three-beds
  • 202 rental units (average 714 SF) 35 studios, 96 one-beds, 68 two-beds & 3 three-beds
  • total density of 5.0 FAR (3.04 condo & 1.96 rental)
  • 27,064 SF of amenity space including an outdoor pool
  • 679 underground parking spaces

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161-Unit Townhouse Project Slated for Burke Mountain

Polygon Homes has submitted a development application for an 11.5 acre site that they acquired in the Partington Creek area of Burke Mountain area of Northeast Coquitlam. The site had been offered for sale by the City of Coquitlam under an RFO in February 2016 after rezoning the property for townhouses in 2015.

The site is located in the Smiling Creek Neighbourhood Plan and is designated for townhouses. The proposal by Polygon includes:

  • 161 townhouse units (all 4-bedroom units)
  • 38 separate buildings
  • Unit sizes of 1,560 SF to 2,590 SF
  • Total density of 0.6 FSR
  • A standalone amenity building
  • 322 residential parking spaces and 33 visitor spaces
  • Each unit has a 2-vehicle side-by-side garage

3500 Burke 3500 Burke_1 3500 Burke_2 3500 Burke_3 3500 Burke_4The architect for the project is Raymond Letkeman Architects.