May 28, 2014

Two Metrotown towers get approval from Burnaby city council

Council gave final adoption to the construction of the two Metrotown towers – 38 and 48 storeys – atop a lowrise commercial podium. Council also gave third reading to Brentwood Town Centre’s first 53-storey skyscraper, to be located at 4567 Lougheed Hwy.

The city reports for the towers noted that dozens of prerequisite conditions for both developments have been satisfied, including installation of underground wiring, granting of necessary easements, provisions for cyclists and designs of units adaptable for people with disabilities.

“We will be filing disclosure once we’re all set up and we’re able to sort of go to market with it,” said Greg Zayadi, vice-president of sales and marketing with Anthem Properties, one of the developers of the Station Square towers. “We’re just getting everything set up and we’re good to go.”

The 12-acre Station Square site, located behind the Metrotown SkyTrain station, is proposed to hold five residential apartment buildings, one of which is currently under development on the corner of Kingsway and Station Street. The two newly approved towers, at 4670 Assembly Way and 6098 Station St., will hold upwards of 700 apartments, with construction set to begin this fall.

Two future towers are proposed to be built along McKay Avenue to round out the project, though those are still in the design phase.

Both the Station Square and Brentwood developments have been met with concerns from the public over density, increased traffic, pedestrian safety, emergency access, infrastructure and parking, among other fears.

Last month, the City of Burnaby acknowledged issues with the Brentwood development by creating a city manager’s report that addressed a number of concerns raised at a lengthy public hearing about the site in February.

The city has yet to hold a public hearing for the second proposed Brentwood tower, though the city manager’s report noted that additional hearings and open houses will be held for each phase of the Brentwood development.

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