Market Spotlight: Burnaby Rezoning Applications

More rezoning applications head to Burnaby City Council next week. Below is a brief summary of some of the larger projects planned which, this week, includes only Metrotown highrise sites (of which there are many!):

6525 Telford Avenue

 

This 48,553 SF site, owned by Intracorp, is located just south of Beresford in Metrotown and is improved with an older walkup apartment building. Now designated RM5s in the Metrotown Plan, the site is slated for a highrise tower at 5.0 FAR, which will be Intracorp’s ninth tower in Metrotown.

 


 

6556-6596 Marlborough Avenue

This 36,361 SF site assembly of five lots is located at the northeast corner of Marlborough Avenue and Grimmer on the East side of Metrotown. The application, by Accorde Properties, proposes a residential highrise with townhouses under the RM4s designation at 3.60 FAR.

 

 


5852 Patterson Avenue

This is a 20,000 SF site located mid-block on Patterson between Kingsway and Central Boulevard. The site is in the “Central Park East” neighbourhood of the Metrotown Plan and has an RM5s designation. The plan includes 31 rental units in addition to market condo units. The total density is 4.7 FAR. The developer is Artillery Developments, with development consulting by Brook Pooni. A variance is required as the site is under the 24,000 SF minimum site area in the Metrotown Plan.


5895 Barker Avenue

Yet another Metrotown highrise application!  The fourth highrise tower rezoning application for Metrotown is 5895 Barker Avenue by Concord Pacific. The 46,285 SF site is located at the southwest corner of Baker Avenue and Olive Avenue and is designated under the RM5s high density residential guidelines which allow up to a density of 5.00 FAR (in this case 4.99 FAR). The site is also occupied by an older 3-storey walkup apartment building. The tower will be in the range of 30-40 storeys. 

32-Storey Tower Proposed for Metrotown Site

Intracorp has submitted a rezoning application for a 32,438 SF site in Metrotown at 6438-6468 McKay and 6443-6467 Silver Avenue. The proposal is for a 32-storey residential tower under the RM4s designation provided in the Metrotown Downtown Plan. Details include:

  • 298-units;
  • 84 studios, 88 one-bedrooms, 94 two-bedrooms and 32 three-bedrooms;
  • a total density of 3.6 FAR;
  • a building height of 322 ft.;
  • 333 underground parking spaces.

The proposal also includes an expansion of Maywood Park to Maywood Street through a density transfer approach that involves Intracorp’s acquisition of the 27,442 SF park site at 4305-4325 Maywood Street).

Market Update: City of Burnaby Rezoning Applications

Below is an update on the current rezoning applications currently heading to council for first reading.

6004-6018 Wilson Avenue

This 45,666 SF site in Metrotown is comprised of three properties at 6004, 6006 and 6018 Wilson Avenue, owned by Solterra Development. The site is currently comprised of three older residential buildings that are being proposed for rezoning under the Metrotown Downtown Plan for a new 36-storey highrise development with townhouses fronting Wilson Avenue. The proposed density is likely to be 5.0 FAR.

6438-6468 Mackay Avenue & 6443-6467 Silver Avenue

Intracorp is proposing a single highrise residential tower on this assembly of six lots totaling 32,438 SF. The site is designated within the Metrotown Downtown Plan for RM-4S. With a density transfer from adjacent lots at Maywood Avenue, the net proposed density is 7.1 FAR. This will be Intracorp’s eighth residential property in Burnaby.

 

4125 Hastings Street

The plan for this 8-lot, 51,8794 SF assembly of land in the Hastings Heights village area of North Burnaby is for redevelopment including a new 5-storey residential building with 3-storey ground oriented townhouses fronting Albert Street.

 

 

5977 Wilson Avenue

Another rezoning application in Metrotown for a highrise tower, this one is on Wilson Avenue, between Kingsway and Central Boulevard. The site is 54,015 SF and is comprised of two older apartment buildings totaling 63 units. The application is from Blue Sky Properties. The plan is for a 42-storey highrise tower with 3-storey townhouses fronting Wilson Avenue. The designation is RM-5S which permits a maximum density of 5.0 FAR.

6909-6949 Balmoral Street

This is a 4-lot land assembly in the Edmonds Town Centre Area being proposed for twenty-three 3-storey townhouses above one-level of underground parking based on an RM-3 designation. The proposed FAR would be in the range of 1.2-1.5.

 

 

4612-4650 Dawson Street

The plan for this 75,838 SF site in Brentwood is a highrise tower with townhouses fronting Dawson Street, retail uses and below ground parking. The rezoning will be based on RM4s in the Brentwood Town Centre Plan.

 

 

2152 & 2172 Douglas Road

This site, owned by Imani Development, is also located in the Brentwood Town Centre Development Plan and is designated RM5s, which allows a density up to 5.0 FAR. The 65,078 SF site is currently occupied by two older industrial buildings. The plan calls for a 482-foot residential tower with townhouses fronting Douglas Road.

 

8725 University Crescent

Here’s a site in the SFU Neighbourhood that is seeking approval for two new residential towers and 3-storey townhouses by Liberty Homes. This is in Phase 3 of the Univercity project. The proposal includes two terraced residential towers: one 14-storey tower and one 20-storey tower.

 


A full rundown of the reports going to council can be downloaded here: https://eagenda.burnaby.ca/sirepub/pubmtg.aspx?meetid=713&doctype=Agenda%20Packet%20–%20Compiled

30-Storey Tower Proposed for West End Corner Site

A partnership between Strand Development and Intracorp has submitted a rezoning application for a 17,292 SF site at 1068-1080 Burnaby Street and 1318 Thurlow Street. The site is currently zoned RM-5A but has been redesignated within the West End Community Plan for higher density. The rezoning designation requires that 25% of the gross floor area is social housing. The site is currently improved with two older lowrise apartment buildings and a 12-unit strata building.

Our team sold this site just a few months ago.

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The proposal is for a 30-storey residential tower that includes:

  • 82 market residential units;
  • 39 social housing units;
  • 3 studios, 21 one-bedrooms, 71 two-bedrooms, 24 three-beds and 2 four-beds;
  • a total density of 8.94 FSR;
  • a building height of 290 ft.; and
  • four levels of underground parking with 176 vehicle parking stalls and 160 bicycle parking spaces.

1318 Thurlow_2 1318 Thurlow_3 The building height and overall density (including social housing) was required to be reduced in order to accommodate an obscure urban design guideline that restricts any shadows from being cast onto the North Davie Street sidewalk at 4pm on the equinox dates.1318 Thurlow_4

The application is being considered under the West End Community Plan. The application describes the design rationale of the market housing component:

“The market housing component of the tower has been planned with large , spacious floor plans that provide generous and functional living spaces. All family oriented homes are anchored at one of the four corners of the tower by a large outdoor covered terrace; this outdoor space becomes the focal point of the living spaces within and maximizes access to natural light, outdoor living opportunities , and cross -ventilated air. Homes of this nature will fill the needs of families, urban professionals and downsizers equally well, and will help to foster an integrated community of unique, liveable homes.”

The architect for the project is NSDA Architects.

32-Storey Tower Planned for West End Site

A partnership between Strand Development and Intracorp has submitted an application to rezone a site located at 1055 Harwood Street, between Thurlow and Burrard in the West End area of Downtown Vancouver.

The proposal is for a 32-storey residential building with:

  • 82 market residential units;
  • 68 two-bedrooms, 8 three-bedrooms and 6 four-bedrooms;
  • 44 social housing units;
  • a density of 10.35 FSR;
  • four levels of underground parking with 156 vehicle parking stalls;
  • 158 bicycle parking spaces; and
  • a building height of 300 ft.

1055 Harwood_51055 Harwood_4 1055 Harwood_2 1055 Harwood_3The RM-5A zoned site was redesignated under the West End Community Plan, adopted in 2014. Currently occupied by a lowrise coop, the site was acquired in August 2016 for $40.5 Million.

The application describes the design rationale:

“The overall form for the proposed building is one that is familiar to the West End. The tower, as proposed, is a 32-storey tower interlocked with a very small 6,300 square foot, seven storey (60’) base, thereafter tapering into a slender 5,500 square foot floorplate for the remainder of the building’s tower element.
 
The building has been designed as a “tower in the park” with the use of concrete and brick to create an articulated base transitioning into a slender tower with a simple concrete frame featuring expansive windows, spandrel glass and spacious balconies that are predominately inset into the building’s facade.”
 
The architect for the project is NSDA Architects.

Townhouse & Apartment Project Planned Near Coquitlam Centre

Intracorp has applied to to rezone an 4.83 acre piece of land near the City Centre area of Coquitlam. The site is currently owned by the Finnish Canadian Rest Home Association who will be partnering with Intracorp to allow a new townhouse development coupled with a new independent-living rental apartment building for seniors over 60.

The site itself will be subdivided into two pieces, one to the West allowing new townhouse development, and the other allowing the new apartment development. The two pieces will be separated by a new extension to Hudson Street. Project details include:

Townhouses & Duplexes

  • Site area of 3.56 acres
  • 76 duplex and townhouse strata units in three rows with large courtyard
  • Density of 0.81 FAR
  • 2 two-bedrooms, 45 three-bedrooms & 29 two-bedrooms
  • 138 parking stalls

Seniors Apartment Building

  • Site area of 0.86 acres
  • 67 units in a 4-storey building
  • Density of 1.52 FAR
  • 5 studios, 42 one-bedrooms and 20 two-bedrooms

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Townhouse Component

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Seniors Apartment Component

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Site Plan

26-Unit Townhouse Project Planned for Granville Street

Intracorp has filed an application for an RM-8N zoned, 5-lot land assembly on Granville Street at Park Drive/West 59th Ave that was rezoned in the Marpole Community Plan in 2014. The plan for the site includes:

  • five 2.5 storey courtyard townhouse buildings
  • 26 three-bedroom townhouse units
  • one level of underground parking
  • 41,095 SF
  • a total density of 1.20 FSR

The architect for the project is SHIFT architecture.

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