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Metrotown tower boom continues
The south side of Beresford Street could be continuing its massive makeover with the latest rezoning application for 6280 Cassie Avenue and 6331, 6363 and 6377 McKay Avenue.
Rize Alliance Properties Ltd. preliminary plan is a proposal to build two highrise apartment towers with low-rise, street-oriented commercial and residential components fronting onto Beresford and low-rise housing fronting onto Cassie and McKay.
"Density and building height is expected to be concentrated on the northern portion of the site related to Beresford Street," said a city staff report.
Under Burnaby's community plan, the site is designated for higher-density, multiple-family residential development and is eligible for bonus density under the "s" zoning category which comes with "an expectation of significant community benefits."
The properties are currently home to four older apartment buildings, two at three storeys tall and two at two storeys, all of which are "in need of repair," according to a city staff report.
Across Beresford is the Metrotown SkyTrain station and Metrotown library branch. Across the street on McKay a development is being planned consisting of a 38-storey residential tower with commercial fronting onto Beresford. Across Cassie to the west is the site of another 38-storey highrise proposal by Boffo Developments Ltd. which is currently working its way through the rezoning process.
Burnaby's planning department will work with the developer on a development plan to be presented at a future public hearing.