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Stretch of Burnaby's Hastings could get taller
A stretch of the north side of Hastings Street could get taller now that a four-storey mixed use development is being proposed for three lots west of Macdonald Avenue.
A public hearing will be held Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in Burnaby city hall council chambers for the application to rezone 3951, 3959 and 3975 Hastings St. which are currently home to older, one and two-storey commercial and mixed-use buildings, according to a city staff report.
The proposal, designed by Chris Dikeakos Architects, is for a project with commercial space on the ground and mezzanine levels with three stories of condominium apartments above. All parking would be underground with vehicle access from the rear lane.
To meet the requirements of the C8a Hastings urban village commercial district, the development would include a lighted pedestrian walkway within a statutory right-of-way linking Hastings to the north.
"This walkway will provide a convenient, alternate access for residents along Albert Street to the shops and services along Hastings Street during business hours," the report said.
And while the C8a zone restricts an individual user of a ground-floor commercial space to a maximum building frontage of 20.12 metres (66 feet), the report said city staff may support a future relaxation of the restriction for suitably-designed cafes, restaurants, food stores and retailers if needed.
"This portion of Hastings Street is noted to have less pedestrian traffic compared to the core area of the Heights shopping district and it is acknowledged that certain uses occupying a larger tenant space could help generate additional pedestrian traffic in this area while successfully maintaining pedestrian interest through active storefronts, transparent glass, and window displays."
If it gets final approvals from council, the project would comprise 14,611 square feet of commercial space and 42 apartments of which 27 would be one-bedroom units and 15 would be two-bedrooms.
Also on the agenda of the Sept. 24 public hearing is the rezoning of 4700 Imperial St., a property which has long sat vacant at the corner of Waverley Avenue.
In 2001, council approved a rezoning of the site to allow the development of the Taiwan Economic & Cultural Centre, according to a city staff report.
But the centre was never built and in 2009, city hall received another application to rezone it to permit construction of a commercial building. That application also never went ahead and was withdrawn.
Earlier this year, Da-Yi Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Ltd. applied to rezone the site to allow construction of a 647-square-metre (almost 7,000-square-foot), one-storey commercial building to contain five commercial units.
The units were initially proposed for restaurants and 14 parking spaces are proposed on site, the report said.