Six-storey rental apartment sought for Maple Ridge

Received first reading, with more details on their way

Another 45 one- and two-bedroom rental suites could be coming to Maple Ridge if a way can be found to allow the building to go two storeys higher, satisfy parking issues, and ensure the project fits in with the neighbourhood.

Joseph Park wants to build the rental apartment building on the site of the former boxing club on 224th Street at 117th Avenue in Port Haney.

The proposal includes, in exchange for the additional height of the building, seven suites will be accessible to those with disabilities, while another five suites will see their rents frozen at $1,000 a month for 30 years to help with housing affordability in the area.

A Dec. 5 staff report notes that under the current Town Centre Area Plan, buildings are not supposed to be higher than four storeys in order to preserve the heritage of the Port Haney area.

In order to go six storeys, council would have to approve rezoning.

Before that happens, the developer will have to do a viewscape study and a shadow study to show how the new project would affect the surrounding area.

One feature of the building includes a concrete wall that forms the underground parking lot. That will be visible from the east and combined with the height of six storeys, the building “could have an imposing effect on the property to the east,” said a staff report. That will require an “acceptable interface” between both buildings.

The city will also have to decide if it wants to allow a reduction from the required number of parking spaces from 62 to 49. But the developer will have to make a case for that reduction. However, another new rental apartment building on 122nd Avenue was previously given a relaxation in the number of parking spaces, the report points out.

Councillors were excited about the project and approved first reading, though they had reservations.

“I hope this is something that blends in with the historic nature of the community,” said Coun. Gordy Robson.

Coun. Craig Speirs said the building is exactly what the city has been asking for, but it has to fit within the area and he had some concerns about the height of the building.

Coun. Corisa Bell appreciated the applicant’s efforts, but wanted to see it go forward.

“I think for the first time I don’t have an issue with a reduction in parking,” Bell said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police shut down Maple Ridge highway for takedown

Commuter traffic along Lougheed was diverted Wednesday evening, while officers converged on home

COVID testing centre in Maple Ridge not relocating

Only the Urgent and Primary Care Centre moving to Haney Place Mall

Family of Maple Ridge police shooting victim still pushing for inquest

Kyaw Din’s family critical of IIO finding police not guilty of wrongdoing

Green Party announces candidate for Maple Ridge-Mission

Trenholm running for first time in a closely contested riding

Air quality across the Lower Mainland could worsen slightly

AQ health index could see ‘low risk’ gravitate into ‘moderate risk’ from Vancouver to Hope

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

FINLAYSON: COVID-related job losses concentrated in urban areas… especially Metro Vancouver

The biggest job losses, in absolute terms, have been in Metro Vancouver

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

6 puppies rescued in mass seizure on Princeton farm die from illness: BC SPCA

Of the 97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized, most of the puppies suffered from parvo

Action demanded over death of First Nations youth in Abbotsford group home

Family and Indigenous organizations push for thorough investigation

U.S. boater fined $1,000 for violation of Quarantine Act

49-year-old man entered Canada to visit girlfriend in Surrey

More sex abuse charges laid against B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’

Investigators now focussing efforts on alleged victims within the Glad Tidings Church community

Most Read