Metrotown-area highrise proposal goes to public hearing May 29

A 37-storey highrise tower with three-storey townhouses is being proposed for Burnaby's Metrotown area on Patterson Avenue.

The project, by Polygon Development 277 Ltd., is being proposed for a site comprised of eight lots—5821, 5829 (two lots), 5845, 5853 and 5861 Barker Avenue and 5808 and 5826 Patterson Avenue, according to a city planning report.

The properties on Barker Avenue are currently occupied by older single-family homes in fair to poor condition, the report said, while the two lots on Patterson are currently occupied by two older two-storey apartment buildings in poor condition with a total of 16 rental units.

The Metrotown Town Centre Development Plan designates the overall site for high-density apartment development. A public hearing on the proposal will be held Tuesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. in city hall council chambers.

The developer is proposing to tap into the supplemental amenity density bonus program, which would add 80,944 square feet of additional floor space to the project.  The density bonus would result in the developer making an estimated $7.5 million contribution to city hall, which will be put towards a future community amenity.

The proposal is for 242 units, all two-bedroom-plus-den configurations ranging in size from 772 to 1,498 square feet. All parking would be underground and accessed from Barker Avenue. The developer would build to a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver sustainability rating.

In addition, the developer is proposing to provide 37 two-zone transit passes for two years for the complex's residents, twice the required secured bicycle parking and funding for one-year memberships and registration fee for a car-sharing co-operative, for each of the units. It will also donate three vehicles to the co-op.

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