South Burnaby low-rise, North Burnaby convenience store proposed

A four-storey apartment building is being proposed for a site across from Maywood Park in the Metrotown area.

While the developer originally received rezoning approval to build a 28-unit low-rise building at 6539 McKay Ave. in December 2010, they are now applying for rezoning for an expanded project that would include 6509 McKay next door, according to a city staff report.

Currently, 6539 McKay is vacant, while 6509 McKay is home to an older three-storey apartment building with eight rental units.

The developer now proposes to build a four-storey apartment building with attached townhouses fronting onto McKay. Of the 44 units, 36 would be strata while eight (five studios and three one-bedroom-plus-den units) would be market rental units.

All the parking would be underground, with access from Cassie Avenue. The developer would also provide seven two-zone transit passes for two years for residents, twice the required secured bicycle parking, five electric-vehicle plug-in stations and one electric vehicle to be owned and operated by the strata.

The project would take advantage of Burnaby's "s" density bonus program, which allows for extra density in certain zones with an expectation of significant community benefits, a sustainable approach to redevelopment and a higher quality of design. Burnaby council has already approved a community development committee recommendation to accept the developer's amenity as cash, about $971,633, to be used for a community amenity elsewhere.

Meanwhile, in North Burnaby, a property owner is seeking a rezoning to allow the main floor of her apartment building to be used for a grocery store.

The property at 4908 Hastings St., east of Delta Avenue, consists of a vacant two-story plus basement building constructed around 1945, said a city staff report.

The main floor, about 2,000 square feet, previously was home to a grocery store but it lost its legally non-conforming status when it closed in 2001.

While the current zoning would allow the main floor to be used for residential, the community development committee determined a mixed use could be supported.

A "locally-scaled convenience retail outlet" was considered "beneficial for surrounding properties" and the building's main floor was deemed better suited for commercial due to its siting, design and orientation in relation to Hastings Street.

Both rezoning applications will be the subject of a public hearing on April 24, at 7 p.m. in Burnaby city hall council chambers.

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