Council to consider several rezoning proposals
Burnaby council gave the go-ahead for several rezoning applications to proceed to public hearing on Sept. 20.
Anthem Properties and the Beedie Group are proposing a complete transformation of Station Square shopping centre. The current rezoning application is for the first of five phases which would involve the extensive renovation of the shopping area south of Kingsborough Street.
It is also seeking to establish development plan guidelines for the almost 12-acre site which, if approved by council, would eventually be home to residential units within five towers ranging in height from 35 to 57 storeys, as well as commercial space at grade and office space.
The entire site would be redesigned to be pedestrian-friendly and “showcases a highly creative approach,” said a city staff report.
“The overall redevelopment approach for the site begins with the creation of a very high quality public realm, which is designed with the intent of both attracting people and, once on site, keeping people there.”
Another project nearby, at 6634 and 6638 Dow Ave., is also seeking rezoning approval to allow for 253 units in a 33-storey highrise apartment tower with townhouses. Currently, the site is comprised of a vacant, older two-storey plus-penthouse apartment building in “very poor condition,” and two empty lots, the report said.
There is no commercial space being proposed for Beresford Street at ground level due to the site’s location backing onto Maywood Community School, the fact there is no other commercial space the the immediate area and limited road access.
Over in the Edmonds area, a 71-unit, four-storey apartment building is being proposed for 7125, 7133, 7139 and 7145 Stride Ave. and 7132, 7134 and 7138 16th Ave.
The developer plans to daylight a section of Byrne Creek through the site as part of the project.
The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 in city hall council chambers.