Aquilini Development has submitted an initial rezoning application for a 40-acre site in Burnaby that they own jointly with the Musqueam Indian Band and the Tsleil-Watuth First Nation. The site has been used over the years by a variety of institutional uses and many of the existing facilities on the site are currently leased back by the Province. All of the remaining services on the site will be relocated off-site by 2019.
The site is currently zoned CD and allows for commercial and institutional uses. The current application seeks to establish a master plan for the entire site, and a development plan for the first phase to be located on the Northeast corner. While details are still vague at this point, general concepts include:
- commercial, residential and amenity uses including a child care facility
- 4-acre public open space or “commons” at the centre of the site
- potential street linkages at South and West sides of site
The existing CD zoning had been based upon the P6 and B2 Urban Office District guidelines and envisioned uses including: high tech and office uses, vocational and post secondary uses, health care and seniors care uses, emergency, transitional and supportive housing, as well as supporting accessory uses such as retail, residential and mixed-use.
Separate rezoning applications for the master plan and for phase 1 will be submitted as a next step.
The site was purchased from the Province in 2014 for $57.9 Million.
Developing Story: Musqueam showcase preferred option for development on endowment lands.
The preferred option for the Musqueam Indian Band’s development of a 22-acre site on University Endowment Lands was presented at an open house last night.
The band plans to develop a site known as Block F between University Boulevard and Acadia Road, land which was returned by the provincial government under a 2008 reconciliation agreement. The open house is part of the pre-application process.
The preferred option envisions a commercial village of 30,000 square feet, a four-storey 120-room hotel, residential buildings, including three-storey town homes, four-to-six storey buildings, and four towers between 18 to 22 storeys, as well as open spaces in the form of trails, parks and village greens, according to Gordon Easton, project manager at Colliers International.
Easton added it allows for the mature stand of trees to remain with the wetlands in the centre of the site.
“That’s something we heard quite strongly from the community and the Pacific Spirit Park Society — that that was something they’d really like to see and also respecting the current trail network connections that exist on the site,” he said.
Thursday marks the third open house for the project — about 300 attended the first open house in early December and another 170 attended the second one in early February. Almost 1,300 views have been recorded to date for the Block F topic on PlaceSpeak, an online community consultation site.
Bastion Development Corporation in conjunction with the Musqueam Indian Band are constructing a 9,000 linear foot marina at the foot of Granville Street in between Vancouver and Richmond. The project will have in-water moorage for 226 recreational boats and dry-stack storage for 190 boats. There will also be a service shop, cafe and 228 stall parking lot. The project also includes a new observation deck, wildlife habitat created from the by-product of site dredging, cycling and jogging trails.
Visit http://milltownmarina.com/index.html for more information.
Developing Story: Musqueam hold second open house for proposed development on University Endowment Lands.
The second of three planned open houses regarding the Musqueam Indian Band’s proposal to develop a 22-acre parcel on University Endowment Lands goes ahead Feb. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the University Golf Club, 5185 University Blvd.
The band wants to develop land known as Block F between University Boulevard and Acadia Road, which was returned to it by the provincial government under a 2008 reconciliation agreement.
Community consultation is in advance of a formal rezoning application, which will be submitted to UEL. The first open house on Dec. 6 attracted 300 people over four hours, according to Gordon Easton, the project manager from Colliers International.
Musqueam Band proposes development on University Endowment Lands.
The Musqueam Indian Band is looking to set a new standard in community consultation as it moves forward with plans to redevelop 22 acres of what was once a regional park in the University Endowment Lands into a mixed-used neighbourhood that will include new housing, retail space and a 120-room hotel.
“I think a lot of people, when they think about first nations doing development, they automatically assume that first nations are going to do it without any consultation or without thinking of those who could be impacted by the development. That is not the case in this case,” said Wade Grant, a Musqueam councillor and economic development coordinator.
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