Townhouses, daycare proposed for South Burnaby

Two industrial properties in South Burnaby could soon become the site of a townhouse development, if council gives the go-ahead.

The owners of 6080 and 6136 Beresford St. have applied for a rezoning to allow them to build a three-storey, 61-unit townhouse development.

Located on the south side of Beresford, between Buller and Gilley avenues, the properties are currently home to older industrial buildings and outdoor storage, said a city staff report. Across the street is the Highland Park Line greenway, to the east are industrial properties slated for future multi-family development and to the west, land designated as future park sites.

The development proposal would comprise seven three-storey buildings with 61 three-bedroom units. Vehicular access would be from Beresford and parking would be provided on the surface and in garages for each unit.

As part of the project, the applicant would improve the Highland Park Line right-of-way by completing the grading and grassing of the area next to the trail and installing interpretive signage with historical information and images of the Highland Park Interurban Line, the report said.

Meanwhile, a 40-space childcare facility is being proposed for 6675, 6683, and 6693 Arcola St., behind the St. Francis de Sales church property on Balmoral Street.

The daycare would accommodate children aged five to 12 and four staff, and vehicle access would be from the rear lane and from Arcola.

A rezoning from the current residential zoning as well as an amendment to the Edmonds Town Centre Community Plan would be required to allow the facility to proceed.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver currently owns nine of the 10 properties that front the north side of Arcola, with the exception of 6613 Arcola St. which the Archdiocese intends to acquire when it becomes available to purchase, said a city staff report.

"These properties are currently designated for potential future RM3 multiple-family development, however, the Archdiocese has advised of its wish to use these properties for expanded school/church uses in future."

City staff proposed amending the community plan to allow for the daycare use. "The proposed change will continue to preserve the potential option for longer-term residential development."

Both rezoning applications will be the subject of a public hearing on Tuesday, July 31 at 7 p.m. in Burnaby city hall council chambers.

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