An architect’s drawing of the proposed Morgan Place Development project at 20 Avenue and 161 Street in South Surrey.

An architect’s drawing of the proposed Morgan Place Development project at 20 Avenue and 161 Street in South Surrey.

Morgan plan moves ahead

Commercial development approved at third reading by council

A proposed commercial and office space development on a 25-acre parcel of property at 20 Avenue, just east of Highway 99 cleared an important hurdle last week, winning approval in the form of a unanimous third reading at a city public hearing (Couns. Mary Martin and Judy Villeneuve were absent, according to the city clerk’s record).

The $100 million Morgan Place Developments Ltd. project will include 25,953 sq. m (279,000 sq. ft.) of retail and restaurant uses and 9,662 sq. m (104,000 sq. ft.) of office space.

It will have 1,330 parking stalls, 676 of which will be underground.

Prior to the Oct. 1 public hearing, Thomas Ivanore of  Morgan Place Developments said he was in discussion with “several” anchor tenants, but wouldn’t say whether Target was one of them.

A few smaller hurdles remain before the project gets its building permit, including sorting out concerns about the environmental impact of the development.

According to the city clerk’s record of the meeting, mayor Dianne Watts said she expects the developer will work with the Little Campbell Watershed Society to fine-tune the design.

In a letter to the city before the hearing, the society said there are two large ecosystem sites in the middle of the proposal, which is located close to the restored Fergus Creek salmon spawning area.

As part of the development, 417 trees will be felled, leaving just 22 of the existing trees.

Coun. Barinder Rasode had earlier expressed concern about the extent of the tree-cutting, but said the applicant won her support through promising to replace the trees on a four-to-one basis by planting 1600, far exceeding city requirements.

Rasode said it also appears the design of the development will improve protection of the nearby environmentally sensitive riparian areas because it will relocate an existing road that runs closer to the area than modern environmental standards allow.

“We’re actually moving it back,” Rasode told Peace Arch News.

The project is scheduled to be completed by 2015.

– with files from Kevin Diakiw

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Corner of Fraser Highway and 152 Street traffic camera. (Surrey Cosmos)
One dead after targeted shooting in Surrey

Incident took place near shopping complex at the corner of 152 Street and Fraser Highway

Items collected from last year’s Ocean Park Food Drive. (Contributed file photo)
Ocean Park Food Drive expands, open to residents south of 32 Avenue

Homeowners south of 32 Avenue and west of 160 Street encouraged to put donations on doorstep

(Black Press Media files)
‘Potentially damaging’ winds expected in Metro Vancouver

Wind is expected to pick up late Sunday night

An animated Gordie Hogg introduces his 'Community Connections' videos. (YouTube screenshot)
Community Connections: Gordie Hogg speaks with Kathy McIntyre

Former mayor, MP began posting conversations on YouTube in June

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

A B.C. Ambulance Service paramedic wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 moves a stretcher outside an ambulance at Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Top doctor urges Canadians to limit gatherings as ‘deeply concerning’ outbreaks continue

Canada’s active cases currently stand at 63,835, compared to 53,907 a week prior

A Canadian Pacific freight train travels around Morant’s Curve near Lake Louise, Alta., on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. A study looking at 646 wildlife deaths along the railway tracks in Banff and Yoho national parks in Alberta and British Columbia has found that train speed is one of the biggest factors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Study finds train speed a top factor in wildlife deaths in Banff, Yoho national parks

Research concludes effective mitigation could address train speed and ability of wildlife to see trains

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A airport worker is pictured at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C. Wednesday, March 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canada extends COVID restrictions for non-U.S. travellers until Jan. 21 amid second wave

This ban is separate from the one restricting non-essential U.S. travel

Langley RCMP issued a $2,300 fine to the Riverside Calvary church in Langley in the 9600 block of 201 Street for holding an in-person service on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, despite a provincial COVID-19 related ban (Dan Ferguson/Black Press Media)
Updated: Langley church fined for holding in-person Sunday service

Calvary church was fined $2,300 for defying provincial order

The Abbotsford Police Department is investigating a shooting on Adair Avenue on Saturday night. (Photo by Dale Klippenstein)
Drive-by shooting in Abbotsford targeted home with young children, police say

Investigators believe home was mistakenly targeted by assailants

Menno Place. (Google Street View image.)
B.C. care home looks to hire residents’ family members amid COVID-19-related staff shortage

Family would get paid as temporary workers, while having chance to see loved ones while wearing PPE

Most Read