Architect Patrick Cotter speaks to residents during a public information meeting last year.

South Surrey arts-towers proposal to be revamped

A public hearing on a contentious residential towers/arts hub development in South Surrey has been put on hold.

A public hearing on a contentious residential towers/arts hub development in South Surrey has been put on hold, awaiting further amendments to the plan.

The public hearing, following OCP amendments given first and second readings in December, was originally expected on Jan. 13, then on several dates in February including, ultimately, Feb. 24.

But City of Surrey spokesperson Amanda Silvers said the public hearing has been delayed, pending submission of an amended plan by architect Patrick Cotter, on behalf of proponents the Reifel Cooke Group and the Surrey City Development Corporation.

Silvers noted there had been two public information meetings on the project, in October and December.

“They (the proponents) received quite a bit of feedback. They’re taking it away and considering it, and will be coming back to the city with an amended proposal,” she said.

Silvers said the decision, while not returning the proposal to square one, would mean that the project would be resubmitted to the city’s advisory design committee before any public hearing would be scheduled.

As well as upwards of 300 residential units, the two-tower proposal, for 152 Street at 19 Avenue, includes the shell of a 350-seat performing arts centre and a contemporary arts centre café/gallery, which has drawn conditional support from local arts advocates.

Proponents of the project say it is intended to be one of a few “landmark” developments allowed additional height in exchange for supporting cultural goals, in keeping with the city’s Semiahmoo Town Centre plan.

But opponents – including the Semiahmoo Residents Association and a recently formed group, Semiahmoo Against Towers – have objected to the height of the project.

The height of the highest tower was originally to be the equivalent of 30 storeys above ground level, and then, in an adjusted plan taken to the public in December, the equivalent of 27 storeys.

That was still too high for opponents, whose concerns include traffic, access, parking and the precedent for other highrises in the area, should OCP amendments go ahead.

At a community meeting organized by opponents Jan. 20 at White Rock Christian Academy, Kristen Smith of Semiahmoo Against Towers told a crowd of about 50 people that concerns also include the pressure such a development would place on area schools and Peace Arch Hospital, the impact shadows would have on property values and quality of life in the neighbourhood, and the potential of such urbanization in attracting crime.


Just Posted

Surrey’s new top cop doesn’t believe residents have lost faith in the RCMP

Brian Edwards will take over the reins of Canada’s largest RCMP detachment on Jan. 6

Surrey mother voices concerns about Highway 15 intersection after crash

Kim Squirell’s daughter and her friend injured in collision at 176 Street and 40 Avenue

GoFundMe started for young Surrey father with brain cancer

Campaign aims to raise $10,000 to help with treatment costs for Tyler Duquette

Surrey Schools to sell property meant for school due to close proximity to pretrial

Sale funds would go toward purchasing new potential school site

Eight Surrey groups to share $375K in grant money

The not-for-profit groups focus on public safety and the environment

‘Not a decision I came to lightly:’ Scheer to resign as Conservative leader

Decision comes after weeks of Conservative infighting following the October election

‘British Columbians are paying too much’: Eby directs ICBC to delay rate application

Attorney General David Eby calls for delay in order to see how two reforms play out

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Couple who bought $120k banana duct-taped to wall say artwork will be ‘iconic’

Pair compared it to Warhol’s ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans,’ which was initially ‘met with mockery’

Race to replace Andrew Scheer could be a crowded one

Many familiar faces, such as Maxime Bernier, Jason Kenney, Doug Ford and Kevin O’Leary, have said no

National cold case hunters take on search for missing man last seen in B.C.

Kristofer Couture’s car was found at Chilliwack trailhead in January but there’s been no sign since

Owner surrenders dogs chained up outside among scrap metal, garbage to BC SPCA

Shepherd-breed dogs were living in ‘deplorable conditions.’

B.C. plane crash victim identified; witnesses describe ‘explosion’

He was a flight instructor, charter pilot and owned an airstrip before leaving Alberta

Most Read

l -->