115-unit apartment building proposal in Sullivan area gets green light

Plans also include two additional four-storey mixed-use buildings

An artist’s rendering looking northeast from the proposed 59th Avenue. The proposal is for three four-storey buildings, comprised of two mixed-use buildings and one residential builing with 115 apartment units. (Image: surrey.ca)

A proposal for two four-storey mixed-use buildings and one four-storey apartment building got the green light at Surrey council Monday (Dec. 2).

The proposal was up for public hearing, before being given third reading in the 8-1 vote. Councillor Steven Pettigrew voted against the proposal.

No one got up to speak during the public hearing portion.

The development would be located at 5903 144th St., in the Sullivan neighbourhood.

Pettigrew said this application would have been an “excellent” opportunity to implement a “green-roof strategy.”

“A green roof can provide almost one-third of the benefits of a treed canopy, so if we are going to be clear-cutting parts of the city and killing hundreds of trees at a time, then we should at least try to offset this with taking a look at the green-roof strategy,” Pettigrew said.

He did applaud the proposal for its “abundance” of bicycle spaces and for “exceeding the indoor and outdoor amenity spaces.”

Despite that, Pettigrew said he was voting against the application “because of the tremendous tree loss,” adding that he would have supported it if it included some sort of green roofing.

The apartment building would include 115 units, plus 14,628-sq.-ft. of ground-floor commercial space. It would also include a 4,790-sq.-ft daycare facility.

For the proposed dwelling units, they would range from 474-sq.-ft. to 1,098-sq.-ft. It would include 46 one-bedroom units, nine one-bedroom plus den units, 46 two-bedroom units, 12 two-bedroom plus den units and two three-bedroom units.

For the proposal, 174 trees would be removed from the site. The staff report states that 117 trees, excluding boulevard trees, would be planted in replacement.

The development would provide an underground parking garage, with 190 residential spaces (167 spots for residents, and 23 for visitors) and 74 commercial parking spaces. It would also include 158 spots for bikes.

The applicant is proposing a Neighbourhood Concept Plan (NCP) amendment for changes to the local road network and to rezone the site to Comprehensive Development from One-Acre Residential Zone.

The proposal, according to the report, is consistent with the intent of the South Newton NCP, “which envisioned five mixed-use (residential/commercial) nodes to serve pockets of this neighbourhood with local services and a variety of housing options.”

The proposal also includes the construction of two new roads: 143 Street and 59 Avenue.

The report states that pre-notification letters were sent out on Aug. 18, 2019 and development proposal signs were installed on March 13, 2019.

Staff received one response from an area resident, stating the density shouldn’t be supported since it would result in a low-quality development which wouldn’t fit the character of the neighbourhood and that raised concerns about the impacts on school capacity.

The report states the projected number of students from this proposal would be six students at Goldstone Elementary School and six students at Sullivan Heights Secondary School.

A 700-seat addition is currently underway at Sullivan Height, which would bring its capacity to 1,700. The school was built to accommodate 1,000 students and as of Sept. 30, 2018, there were 1,534 students enrolled at the high school.

The expansion is set to open in September 2021.

READ ALSO: How teens grapple with growth at Surrey’s most crowded high school, June 11, 2019

The development would be ready for occupancy by July 2022.



lauren.collins@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Lauren on Twitter

 

An artist’s rendering looking northwest from 144th Street and the proposed 59th Avenue. The proposal is for three four-storey buildings, comprised of two mixed-use buildings and one residential builing with 115 apartment units. (Image: surrey.ca)

An artist’s rendering looking overhead from the proposed 59th Avenue. The proposal is for three four-storey buildings, comprised of two mixed-use buildings and one residential builing with 115 apartment units. (Image: surrey.ca)

Just Posted

Surrey getting a new hospital, in Cloverdale

Premier John Horgan said the ‘brand new hospital’ will be built near Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Four ‘Nutcracker’ shows in Surrey on Royal City company’s 30th-year tour

This year’s cast features more than 70 dancers, including 18 from Surrey

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in South Surrey

Incident happened at the 160 Street and 24 Avenue intersection

White Rock pier-plank purchasers celebrated

Donors received a certificate Sunday marking their purchase of a pier plank

White Rock looking at 3.9% tax increase

Budget discussions are to take place this week

VIDEO: Led by ‘Marriage Story,’ Netflix dominates Golden Globe noms

Netflix flexed its muscles across all categories, just as it is girding for battle with a host of new streaming services

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

74% of 911 calls are from cellphones, so know your location: E-Comm

Cell tower triangulation generally only narrows location down to the block someone is calling from

No negligence in RCMP actions in B.C. teen’s overdose death: IIO

Police acted properly when they responded to the first reports of the boy being in distress

320 years since the ‘Big One’ doesn’t mean it’s overdue: B.C. professor

‘It could happen today, tomorrow or 100 years from now’

Would you leave your baby alone to go to the gym? This Canadian dad did

The man identifies just as a divorced dad with a nine-month-old baby

B.C. coroner asking for help identifying man found dead in Peace region

Mounties have deemed the man’s death not suspicious and believe he died earlier this year

SkyTrain strike to begin Tuesday with ‘full shutdown’, CUPE says

BCRTC president says job action is ‘completely unacceptable’ to use SkyTrain users ‘as leverage’

Accused Abbotsford school killer due back in court after psych assessment

Gabriel Klein could possibly be found ‘not criminally responsible’

Most Read

l -->