Higher density questioned in Hammond

Proposal to build 82 units at Maple Ridge council Tuesday

A proposal to build a four-storey apartment block in Hammond isn’t sitting well with some of the neighbours who object to the new building locating close to older homes that are on half-acre lots.

“Although it technically fits within the city’s new Hammond area plan, the residents were not properly consulted when the OCP was changed,” said resident Greg Buerk.

He added that the increased traffic created by the new development would be “horrendous.

“Our subdivision is quiet with a very low crime rate. All that will be lost if this development goes ahead,” Buerk added.

A Facebook group has been set up and a committee of concerned residents formed. The condo project goes to first reading at council’s Tuesday meeting.

The building would have about 82 units, ranging from bachelor suites to three bedrooms and fits with the city’s new Hammond area plan that charts out the area’s future development.

That plan calls for medium-density residential development along major corridors such as 203rd Street.

If approved, the complex also will be a short walk from one of the few stops, 203rd Street, for the new B-Line bus service that’s expected to start late this year.

A staff report notes that the new building could be delayed until the Lougheed Transit Corridor Study is completed that will sketch out the future bus or rapid transit routes for the Lougheed Highway.

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