Low-rise condo project eyed for Royal Oak and Imperial

A four-storey condo project is proposed for a long-vacant site at the southeast corner of Imperial Street and Royal Oak Avenue.

The site is made up 6808 and 6826 Royal Oak Ave. and 5250 Imperial St. The proposal is for a mixed-use development with ground-floor commercial space and parking underground.

Rezoning for an earlier proposal was given third reading by council in 2008 but the owner has since revised the plan, making a new process necessary.

The current proposal is for commercial on both Imperial and Royal Oak with 45 apartment units on the three upper floors.

The units will comprise 15 one-bedrooms, 10 two-bedrooms, 17 two-bedrooms-plus-den units and three three-bedrooms-plus-den units.

Over in the Edmonds neighbourhood, council will consider the first rezoning application in the area since the Sixth Street Community Plan was adopted last June. The site is within an area designated the "multiple-family district" which aims to create denser housing to support future businesses earmarked for properties nearby.

The proposal is for vacant properties at 7485 and 7495 Sixth St. and 7873 16th Ave. The plan is for a 17-unit townhouse project with underground parking, with vehicle access from 16th Avenue. The three-storey townhouses would be all three-bedroom units of around 109 square metres (1,200 square feet).

Public hearings for both applications will be held Tuesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in Burnaby city hall council chambers.

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