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North Burnaby legion aims to redevelop

The legion hall in North Burnaby could soon be redeveloped, according to a rezoning application.

The property at 4354 Hastings St. is currently occupied by the Royal Canadian Legion hall No. 148 on its eastern half, with its surface parking lot taking up the western half.

The proposed development concept is for a new four-storey mixed-use building that would be divided into two air parcels, said a city staff report.

The western portion of the new building would house the legion's operations, including its canteen, club and offices. The legion intends to lease the ground level to a commercial tenant, operate its canteen (with a patio) and club on the second floor, and use the third and fourth storeys for its offices.

The eastern portion of the building would be an airspace parcel under separate ownership, and be comprised of ground-level commercial space and three storeys of market residential units above. Vehicle access to the underground parking would be from the lane.

The proposed new canteen and club would require a liquor licence application and liquor licence review. The existing legion hall currently holds a liquor primary club licence for up to 425 people (up to 260 people on the main floor in the canteen and club, and up to 165 people in the second-floor auditorium).

"Legion representatives are aware and agreeable to the fact that the rezoning and development proposal will require a reduction in the number of liquor primary seats for the new canteen and club," the report said.

The number of liquor seats for the new canteen and club will be determined as the applicant prepares a suitable and more detailed plan of development, it said.

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