Still no wedding chapel for Pitt Meadows

According to a staff report, Mosaic Homes doesn’t intend to build the commercial chapel until it can find a suitable tenant.

The developer of the Osprey Village development at Bonson Landing in Pitt Meadows is asking the city to rezone its four remaining empty parcels of land so it can build more apartments and commercial space, despite not yet having built a wedding chapel as promised.

Staff at the City of Pitt Meadows are recommending council direct Mosaic Homes to hold an information meeting with residents in the area to gauge public opinion on the proposed development.

The four parcels located on Barnston View Road are at the centre of the development. Mosaic Homes is hoping to build four three-storey buildings containing a total of 24 residential units and 12 ground-level commercial units on the parcels.

According to a staff report, Mosaic Homes doesn’t intend to build the commercial chapel until it can find a suitable tenant.

Pitt Meadows Mayor Don MacLean said he understands; there isn’t much point in building a facility that may sit empty.

However, he said, Mosaic Homes needs to stick to the commitments they’ve made not just to the city, but to the residents of the area.

“The people in Osprey were promised these things,” said MacLean.

The Osprey Village development already features 456 residential units, the maximum allowable under the development agreement, along with more than 13,000 square feet of commercial space.

In 2002, Mosaic Homes agreed to build the wedding chapel as part of the development covenant with the City of Pitt Meadows. The covenant also restricted construction of Phase 4 of the development,  until 10,000 square feet of commercial space had been built.

In 2006, the agreement was amended to allow Mosaic Homes to accelerate construction of Phase 4, if the developer agreed to build the wedding chapel by no later than April, 2009.