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Townhouses proposed for Hastings, Sardis

Almost five years after the rezoning process started a townhouse project for North Burnaby is set to go to public hearing.

In November 2007, the developer first proposed a 17-unit stacked townhouse project at 5161 and 5191 Hastings St., at the northwest corner of Hastings and Springer Avenue. The properties are currently home to an older four-plex and an older single-family home, according to a city staff report, and both are designated for medium-density apartment projects in city plans.

While the land was designated for a larger project, the developer was unable to acquire the church property at 5209 Hastings St. and that section of Springer could not be closed due to its use as the only vehicular access to the church. City staff determined a smaller infill townhouse project would be appropriate and council gave it second reading in May 2008.

The property owner, Timeless Developments, is now proposing design changes that require a new public hearing.

The new proposal is for a 22-unit development comprised of two, three-storey stacked townhouse buildings with a central courtyard instead of a single, larger building. The main intent is to increase light and ventilation to the units to improve their livability, the report said. Underground parking, 39 spaces including six visitor spots, would be accessed off Springer.

The mix of units will be five studios of 491 to 502 square feet, 12 one-bedroom units of 605 to 624 square feet, and five two-bedroom units of 974 to 994 square feet.

Meanwhile, in the Metrotown area, a three-storey stacked townhouse project is being proposed for 4125 Sardis St., at the corner of Sardis Street and Patterson Avenue.

The proposal is for 10 units with underground parking. The developer plans to take advantage of an amenity density bonus, which would provide an additional 1,124 square feet of floor space, said a city staff report. The bonus will result in the developer making a $140,525-contribution to the city's community benefit account for the Metrotown area. Of that, 20 per cent, or $28,105, will be allocated to the city's affordable and special-needs housing sub-account according to city policy.

The project will comprise four two-bedroom townhouse units, ranging in size from 876 to 930 square feet, six three-bedroom units ranging from 1,247 to 1,335 square feet, and 18 parking spaces including two visitor spots and one combined visitor-car wash stall.

Public hearings for both rezoning applications will be held Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. in city hall council chambers.

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