Subdivision for former school site in Maple Ridge

Land that used to be set aside for a high school is now slated for a new subdivision, after the school board said it doesn’t have the money.

The 4.4 hectares (11 acres) is at 24152 – 112th Ave., in north Albion, where the district has created an area for density bonusing.

In return for building smaller lots of 371 sq. m, allowing a greater number of units, the builder will pay the district $3,100 for each of the 22 lots.

That will generate about $68,200 that will go into a fund that will be used to pay for amenities such as trails or parks.

Under the district’s pilot density bonusing program for that area, builders can increase the density of their residential projects, provided they pay a fee for each lot.

It’s been four years since School District No. 42 said it no longer needed the location. Instead, the school district owns two lots at 24137 – 104th Ave., which it intends to use for a south Albion elementary school.

The school district is currently in the middle of a facility review process, which also will involve the public, and which will determine its projects over the next several years.

The property on 112th Avenue also contains a steep slope and Seigel Creek on the western edge of the property and will become a district conservation area property.

A developer’s information meeting will take place and comments from the school district also will be invited before second reading as part of the rezoning process.

The official community plan also must be amended to change land use from institutional to park use and residential.


New Kanaka mall

A new two-storey shopping centre is to be built along 240th Street in the Kanaka area of Maple Ridge.

A 7,561-sq.-foot shopping centre has been proposed for an eight-acre site at 11185 – 240th St., on the southwest corner of 112th Avenue and 240th Street, with shops on the ground floor and two-bedroom rental apartments on the second.

The complex will be L-shaped and have two parking spaces for each unit with the stalls having different surfaces to distinguish them from commercial parking spaces.

Some of the other features include planting and landscape buffers to provide separation between the complex and neighbouring single-family neighbourhoods.

The building itself will match those of the surrounding houses, while streetlights will minimize light pollution.

Walking will be encouraged by making it easier for people to move from the sidewalks to the stores.

The shopping project will proceed in tandem with the construction of 24 townhouses and two duplexes, each about 2,000 sq. feet, on the same property.

According to a staff report, the buildings are located closer to the street to enhance the row house streetscape and intimate feel of the development.

Architectural features, colour schemes, and materials were chosen to reflect surrounding developments and the Maple Ridge landscape.

Maple Ridge council previewed the project at its committee meeting Monday before sending it on to a regular council meeting.

Marks moving

A major downtown store, Marks Work Wearhouse, is pulling up stakes and heading for more spacious quarters further west on Lougheed Highway.

A new Marks store is planned for 20758 Lougheed Hwy., a 1.2-acre site.

The proposal is to put up a new building that will provide double the square footage of the existing store on Lougheed Highway and 225th Street.

Council first looked at the request at its committee meeting Tuesday and sent it on to a future council meeting for first reading.


Plaza bought

Owners of Johnston Meier Insurance have bought the Haney Plaza to add to their property acquired on Dewdney Trunk Road and 224th Street in downtown Maple Ridge.

Bruce Johnston and Tom Meier bought the retail mall at 22255 Dewdney Trunk Road, last November, for $7.3 million. The strip mall contains a discount liquidation store, a laundromat and several smaller retail outlets on a four-acre property that stretches from Dewdney Trunk Road to Brown Avenue.

The property is added to at least 16 other lots just to the east, from 223rd to 224th Street, 10 of which were sought for rezoning in 2011.

While the file is still active, it isn’t moving forward at the present, District of Maple Ridge development manager Chuck Goddard said Tuesday.

Two years ago, Meier had sought rezoning to allow future construction of five residential towers, ranging from 15 to 25 storeys, to be built in phases over several years.

An hotel, seniors residences, an educational institute, condos, restaurants and shopping were all proposed for the area between 223rd and 224th streets.

Overall, more than 226,000 square feet of commercial space and 693,000 sq. ft. of residential and hotel accommodation were projected.

Now, with Haney Plaza added, the properties now cover two entire blocks from 224th to Plaza street.

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