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Burnaby Mountain proposal includes 17 storey tower
The latest development in the UniverCity community next to Simon Fraser University could include a 17-storey apartment tower, according to a Burnaby city planning report.
The developer, Liberty Homes (Parcel 25) Ltd., is seeking a rezoning to allow the tower, as well as a six-storey commercial-residential building and townhouses.
The project would be located at 9055 University High St., across Tower Road from University Highlands Elementary School, which is currently the site of a parking lot and temporary sales centre for the area's residential developments.
The SFU Community Plan designates the site as a mixed-use commercial centre that would serve both the university and residential communities, the staff report said.
The proposal would see the "landmark" condo tower built at the Tower Road corner, three-storey townhouses along Highland Court, and on University High Street, a six-storey, concrete, mixed-use building with two storeys of commercial space, totalling about 34,000 square feet, topped by four storeys of residential units.
"The proposed building massing is sensitive to adjoining properties, with the apartment tower providing an orientating landmark at a key corner, appropriately relating to other planned apartment towers as well as the water tower," said the report.
Vehicle access to the project would be from Tower Road and University Crescent. For the commercial space, 69 parking spots are provided, while the residential component would include 255 parking spaces (including 37 visitor spots), more than the 234 required.
The report said existing easements and covenants on the property would also require the development to provide 10 parking spaces for the childcare centre across the street on Highland Court, 10 spaces for co-op cars, at at least 112 hourly-paid of free public parking spots. The latter is to accommodate 92 required off-site visitor spaces for existing and planned residential developments in the neighbourhood and 20 spaces for the church in the Cornerstone Building across University High Street.
The residential component would include 184 units, of which 98 would be in the tower, 60 in the mid-rise and 26 in the townhouse portion. They would comprise 95 one-bedroom units ranging from 553 to 846 square feet, 63 two-bedrooms of 926 to 1,916 square feet and 26 three-bedroom units sized from 1,550 to 1,644 square feet.
If given the go-ahead by council, the project could go to public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. in Burnaby city hall council chambers.