New condo project for Hammond

Residents, councillors wondering about a long-term plan for area

  • Jan. 27, 2012 2:00 p.m.

A new apartment building on 206th Street has received third reading, despite two requests from councillors for a delay so staff can report on long-range planning for the Hammond area.

Couns. Corisa Bell and Bob Masse wanted to delay approval for two weeks, following concerns raised about the future of the neighbourhood at a public hearing.

“I would have liked us to take a little more time and have a plan for the area,” Masse said later.

He was relaying concerns from residents expressed at the public hearing on the project, for which they wanted a comprehensive plan for the area.

The project at 11312 – 206th St. will see 36 apartments built in a four-storey wood frame building on three lots that would be consolidated.

But most on council wanted the project to go ahead without the delay. Masse and other councillors liked the project because it’s close to the West Coast Express and offers affordable housing.

Staff will later address long-range planning for the Hammond area.