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Townhouses proposed for Thurston, Target seeks new look

Five single-family lots on Thurston Street are being proposed for redevelopment into a three-storey, 57-unit stacked townhouse development with underground parking.

The site, at 3716, 3722, 3730, 3740 and 3748 Thurston St., between Boundary Road and Smith Avenue, is currently occupied by five houses.

The proposal includes a public open space at 3716 Thurston as well as improvements to adjacent public space such as community gardens, play areas, trees and landscaping, said a city staff report.

An amenity density bonus being sought by the developer, Anthem Properties Group Ltd., would add 375 square feet of floor area to the project and result in a total contribution of $50,706 to Burnaby's community benefit fund for Metrotown.

A tree survey has identified one significant tree in the southeast corner of the site which will be retained and protected during construction.

The completed project would comprise 51 two-bedroom units, ranging in size from 1,013 square feet to 1,288 square feet, and six studio units of about 510 square feet each. There would be 100 parking spaces, including 15 visitors' spots, 57 individual secure bike lockers and bike racks to accommodate 12 visitors' bicycles.

Also being proposed for rezoning is changes to the exterior of Metropolis at Metrotown mall to accommodate a new Target store where Zellers is currently located.

The Zellers is located on the south side of the mall and fronts onto Central Boulevard. Primary access is from inside the shopping centre and from the exterior east entrance, after the south exterior doors were decommissioned several years ago, said a city staff report.

The applicant, Brook Pooni Associates Inc., proposes to restore the entrance on Central Boulevard and make substantial changes the the building's southern and easter facades, including installation of four "lifestyle graphic panels" measuring 12 feet by 18.75 feet, a stone facade at ground level and metal panelling above, a new pedestrian canopy wrapped around the building corner and wall-mounted lighting along the south side.

The skyway connecting the adjacent parkade to the second floor of the retail unit will also be reinstated.

Other changes, if approved, would include improvements to the exterior plaza fronting onto Central Boulevard, including new landscaping, benches and lighting.

Rezoning applications for both projects will be the subject of public hearings to be held Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in city hall council chambers.

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