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

28-Unit Townhouse Project Upcoming in Port Moody

The Allaire Group and Headwater Projects has applied to the City of Port Moody to redevelop four single family lots at 64-74 Seaview Drive at Clarke Road near the Coquitlam border. The lots total 40,121 SF and are designated Single Family Low Density in the Official Community Plan (OCP) and are zoned One-Family Residential (RS1). The proposal requires an amendment to the OCP to change the land use designation to Multi-Family Residential.

The proposal is for a new townhouse development that includes:

  • 28 townhouse units
  • All three-bedrooms (1,304 SF to 1,731 SF)
  • a total density of 0.95 FAR;
  • 62 underground parking spaces;
  • A $6 per SF CAC payment.

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The architect for the project is Integra Architecture.

10-Storey Building Planned for Granville & 68th

Westland Corporation has submitted a rezoning application for a 20,030 SF site at the corner of 68th and Granville, next to the Safeway. The plan for 1506 West 68th Avenue is to rezone from C-2 and C-2C (Commercial) District to CD-1 to allow a 10-storey mixed-use building that includes:

  • 45 market residential units;
  • 11 one-bedrooms, 26 two-bedrooms and 8 three-bedrooms;
  • a total of 12,603 SF of retail at grade;
  • a total of 15,477 SF of office space on the 2nd floor;
  • a total density of 3.60 FSR;
  • a maximum building height of 135 ft. from grade;
  • 138 underground vehicle parking spaces and 112 bicycle parking spaces.

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The application is being considered under the Marpole Community Plan.

The architect for the project is IBI Group.

Westland acquired the site in January 2016 for $19,855,000, or $275 per buildable SF based on the rezoning application.

West 41st Townhouse Development to Include 40 Units

Bogner Development Group has applied to rezone a single family lot assembly comprising 43,920 SF at the corner of West 41st Avenue and Columbia Street. The plan for 146-186 West 41st Avenue and 5726 Columbia Street is to rezone from RS-1 to CD-1 to allow a new townhouse development that includes:

  • two four-storey buildings on West 41st Avenue;
  • four two-storey buildings at the lane;
  • a total of 40 market units;
  • a total density of 1.87 FSR;
  • a height of 40 ft.; and
  • one level of underground parking with 71 vehicle parking spaces and 99 bicycle spaces.

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The application is being considered under the Cambie Corridor Plan.

The architect for the project is Raymond Letkeman Architects.

9-Storey Office Building Slated for Yukon and West 6th Ave

Cressey Developments has submitted their application to rezone the 24,149 SF site they own at 425 West 6th Avenue, at the Northwest corner of Yukon and 6th, from C-3A to CD-1 to permit the development of a 9-storey office building.

The proposal includes:

    • 155,147 SF of office space;
    • 16,504 SF of ground floor retail;
    • A total density of 7.11 FSR;
    • A building height of 131.35 ft.;
    • 298 underground parking spaces and 40 bicycle spaces on 5 levels; and
    • 2 Class A and 5 Class B loading spaces.

425 W 6th425 W 6th_1 425 W 6th_3 425 W 16th_2This application is being considered under the Metro Core Jobs and Economy Land Use Plan.

Cressey acquired the site in 2013 for $14,500,000, or $85 per buildable SF based on the rezoning application.

The architect for the project is IBI Group.

53-Unit Building Proposed for New Westminster

A rezoning and development permit application has been received in order to allow the development of a 14,000 SF site at the corner of Sixth Street and Welsh Street in the Uptown Area of New Westminster. It is currently improved with two older vacant commercial buildings. The address for the project is 228-232 Sixth Street.

The site was originally the subject of a rezoning application in 2015, but was subsequently sold and the application has been revised.

The current plan calls for a 6-storey woodframe building, including:

  • 53 condo units;
  • 21 one-bedrooms, 21 two-bedrooms and 11 three-bedrooms;
  • a total density of 3.78 FSR;
  • a building height of 64.17 feet;
  • 66 parking spaces on 3 underground levels.

232 Sixth_2 232 Sixth_1 232 SixthThe rezoning application entails changing the zoning of the property from Community Commercial Districts (High Rise) (C-3A) to a new Comprehensive Development District
(CD). The Development Permit application is to facilitate a review of the form and character of the proposal in accordance with Official Community Plan Development Permit Area Guidelines.

The architect for the project is Denis Turco.

237-Unit Project Planned for Uptown Area of New Westminster

Orr Development has submitted their rezoning and development permit applications for a 34,801 SF site at the corner of Sixth Street and Seventh Avenue in the Uptown neighbourhood of New Westminster. The site is currently improved with older two-storey commercial buildings. 

The proposal for 616-640 Sixth Street is for a 30-storey mixed use development that includes:

  • 169 market residential strata units (on levels 8-30)
  • 68 secured market rental housing units (on levels 2-7)
  • 14,439 SF of retail at grade;
  • a total density of 6.03 FSR;
  • a total building height of 305 ft.
  • 299 underground parking spaces;
  • common outdoor amenity area located on the forth level on top of the podium roof.

616 Sixth616 Sixth_1616 Sixth_2The site is designated as (UC) Uptown Commercial in the current Official Community Plan. The Rezoning application entails changing the zoning of the property from Community Commercial Districts (High Rise) (C-3) to a new Comprehensive Development District (CD). The Development Permit application is to facilitate the review of the form and character of the proposal in accordance with Official Community Plan Development Permit Area Guidelines.

The architect for the project is Yamamoto Architecture.