Burnaby's Mountain Shadow pub to be redeveloped

The Mountain Shadow Pub property has been rezoned, but won’t likely be redeveloped for some time. - Google Earth
The Mountain Shadow Pub property has been rezoned, but won’t likely be redeveloped for some time.
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The days are numbered for a popular hangout for Simon Fraser University students after Burnaby council gave the go-ahead for a redevelopment proposal.

Council gave approval in principle to a rezoning application for the property at 7174 Barnet Rd., at Pandora Street, currently home of the Mountain Shadow Pub.

The proposal is for a three-storey, mixed-use project with a small commercial space on the ground floor, 21 stacked townhouse units and underground parking, with vehicle access from Barnet Road.

Four speakers appeared at the June 24 public hearing and city hall received five letters about the proposal, said a city staff report. They raised issues including traffic, the closure of the pub, privacy, existing trees on the site, and vehicle and fire access.

“Although the pub provides for a community gathering space, the property owner has indicated that the pub is no longer financially viable on the site,” the report said. “In addition, it is noted that the pub has a longstanding history of noise complaints.”

Bricks and beams from the current building, designed to look like a mountain chalet, are proposed to be reused “as a touchstone of the site’s past.”

At the request of the Nova Vita housing co-op next door, the plans for a six-foot-high cedar fence between the two properties will be changed to one that’s eight-feet tall, similar to the existing brick wall, the report said.

City staff reviewed vehicle access and determined there could be no changes to vehicle access due to the site’s awkward shape and grades and the proximity of the intersection of Barnet and Pandora. The fire department also visited and had no concerns with fire access.

The 16 trees on site can’t be retained due to the excavation needed for the underground parking, but they will be replaced with 22 trees as required under the new Burnaby tree bylaw. The property was vacant until 1979 when Burnaby city council approved a rezoning to allow the neighbourhood pub to be built

As for the pub itself, owner Mike Anastasi told the NewsLeader last month that he recently signed a two-year extension to his lease “so it will not be developed for a while.”

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