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Shape looks to rezone for first Brentwood mall tower

The first tower being proposed in the transformation of Brentwood mall could give Burnaby a big boost in rental housing.

"A total of 591 apartment units are proposed, 300 of which are intended to be purpose-built rental units to be owned and operated by the developer, Shape Properties Corp. and their funding partners," said a city staff report.

Shape Properties, which owns the mall, has applied for a rezoning of the southwest corner of the 28-acre mall site to allow for a 53-storey tower on top of a three-storey commercial podium for which it earlier applied for a rezoning.

The project comes after the Brentwood Site Conceptual Master Plan, which permits towers with a maximum height of 70 storeys, received final approvals from Burnaby council last September.

Since then, council approved second reading to the rezoning application which would allow for the commercial area, underground parking and a multi-level Central Civic Plaza connected tot he Brentwood SkyTrain station.

The first tower would be located atop the commercial podium at the corner of Willingdon Avenue and Halifax Street.

The project would include two separate lobby areas complete with concierge services and elevators at ground level, with the rental lobby facing Willingdon and the strata lobby fronting onto Halifax.

The first floor of the tower, on top of the podium, would be a combined rental and strata amenity level, including a fitness facility, media and games rooms, lounge, kitchen and dining area and two guest suites.

From there, the first 25 floors will accommodate the rental units and the upper 27 levels will be designated for condominiums.

As for parking, the strata units would have 328 spaces compared to the 320 required. And while the rental units would have the required 330 spaces, Shape's parking studies "have determined that the rental demand for dedicated parking is approximately half that of strata parking," the report said.

That portion of rental parking deemed surplus would initially be used for commercial retail parking. "As requests for use of this component of parking comes forward from the rental tenants, it would be made available up to the full 1.1 spaces per unit [required]."

The rental units will range from one bedrooms 539 to 557 square feet in size (125 units) to 25 two-bedroom-plus-den units of 881 to 895 square feet.

The condominiums would range from 105 one bedrooms of the same size, to three three-bedroom units of 1,723 to 2,819 square feet.

Five per cent of the total number of units, or a minimum of 30, would be adaptable units complemented by 30 handicapped parking stalls.

The public hearing for the tower will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in Burnaby city hall council chambers.

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