February City Centre Update

The February Issue of the City Centre Update is now available at SurreyCityCentre.ca. This month’s newsletter includes a round-up of new Development Applications, Council Approvals, and Construction activity during the first month of 2021.

New Development Applications

One new development application was submitted within City Centre during January 2021, bringing the total number of major applications under initial review to 32. This represents approximately 35 High-Rises (>6-Storeys) and 21 Low-Rises (4-6 Storeys).

21 – 0006 | City Parkway & Central Ave

This site located on the corner of City Parkway & Central Ave across from Surrey Central Station saw a Rezoning, Subdivision, and Development Permit application submitted in January 2021. The application is proposing to redevelop the site into a new mixed-use high-rise tower containing 435 residential units above a 167,594 SF office podium. The site is currently occupied by the single storey ‘Andes Plaza’ commercial building, and a single storey restaurant building.

Council Approvals

One major project received approval from Council during January 2021, joining 32 other pre-existing approved projects. As of February 2021, there are now 33 approved projects in City Centre, representing 41 High-Rises (>6-Storeys), and 22 Low-Rises (4-6 Storeys).

20 – 0018 | Flamingo Block (Phase 1)

Phase 1 of the Flamingo Block by Tien Sher Group received 3rd Reading (Conditional Approval) on January 11, 2021. Located at Whalley Blvd & 107A St, the project is to consist of a 35-Storey residential tower and 6-Storey office building with retail at grade.

Phase 1 had previously received approval in February 2019 for a 35-Storey residential tower + residential low-rise instead of office. Phases 2-3 consisting of 37 & 46-Storey residential towers with retail at grade are to follow under separate development applications.

Construction

No new projects began construction during January 2021, however one project finished construction (Central City Parkade), and one project began demolition, after having been halted in Fall 2020 (La Voda – 6-Storey Residential).

As of February 2021, there are 16 projects under construction in City Centre, representing 15 high-rises (>6 Storeys) and 6 low-rises (4-6-storeys).

King George Hub nearing completion at King George Station
Georgetown One’s Retail & Townhouse podium taking shape along future 102A Ave
Streetscape and finishing touches underway at Linea on 104 Ave
The Central City Parkade expansion completed in January 2021
44-Storey One Central now above grade in West Village
Excavation underway at phase 1 of Townline’s 25-Storey ‘The Holland’ project

January City Centre Update

The January Issue of the City Centre Update is now available at SurreyCityCentre.ca. This month’s newsletter includes a round-up of new Development Applications, Council Approvals, and Construction activity over the past month, as well as a brief overview of development stats in 2020 in context of the previous 5 years.

New Development Applications

Two new development applications were submitted within City Centre during December 2020, bringing the total number of major applications under initial review to 32. This represents approximately 35 High-Rises (>6-Storeys) and 22 Low-Rises (4-6 Storeys).

20 – 0304 | 13301 104 Ave

This large site located on 104 Ave just west of University Dr saw a Rezoning, Subdivision, OCP Amendment, City Centre Amendment, and Development Permit application submitted in December 2020. The application is proposing to redevelop an existing low-rise multi-family housing complex into 6 new buildings containing 2,444 units, 2,400 SF of retail space, and 4,652 SF of daycare space.

20 – 0326 | 10937 132A St

A Rezoning, Subdivision, and Development Permit application was submitted in December 2020 for this site located on 132A St just north of 109 Ave near Gateway Station. The application is proposing to consolidate 4 existing single family lots into 1 new lot in order to develop a low-rise residential building containing 159 units. The site is to the adjacent east and across the lane from the currently under construction 5-Storey Camellia Seniors Living project.

Council Approvals

Four major projects received approval from Council during December 2020, joining 28 other pre-existing approved projects. As of January 2021, there are now 32 approved projects in City Centre, representing 40 High-Rises (>6-Storeys), and 21 Low-Rises (4-6 Storeys).

19 – 0370 | Quinn Apartments

This 6-storey residential project by Porte Homes received 3rd Reading (Conditional Approval) on December 21, 2020. Located at 134 St & 94A Ave, across from Queen Elizabeth Meadows Park, the project includes 174 units with ground oriented townhouse units along both street frontages. The project will also dedicate a new ‘green lane’ along the north of the site, and include a publicly accessible landscaped pedestrian pathway along the east edge of the site.

19 – 0372 | King George & 106A

This mixed-use residential / commercial project consisting of two towers (42 & 50 Storeys) at King George Blvd & 106A Ave received 3rd Reading (Conditional Approval) on December 7, 2020. Designed by Vancouver’s MCM Architects, the project includes 1,019 units and 7,868 SF of ground-level retail space along future 106A Avenue. The project will also dedicate a new portion of 136A St running north-south through the middle of the site.

20 – 0016 | Yorkton

This 6-storey residential project on 108 Ave just east of 138 St received 3rd Reading (Conditional Approval) on December 7, 2020. Designed by Vancouver’s WA Architects, the project includes 193 units between 2 buildings. The project will also dedicate a new ‘green lane’ along the rear of the site to the south, and include a publicly accessible landscaped pedestrian pathway running north south between the 2 buildings.

20 – 0207 | Sunshine Co-op

This 6-storey co-operative housing project by the Sunshine Co-op received 3rd Reading (Conditional Approval) on December 21, 2020. Located at the corner of 132 St & 104 Ave across from Kwantlen Park Secondary, the project will include 69 affordable housing units. The project will also dedicate a new ‘green lane’ along the west side of the site.

Construction

No new projects began construction during December 2020, however one 6-storey residential project known as La Voda, resumed construction after having been halted in the fall of 2020. As of January 2021, there are now 17 projects under construction in City Centre, representing 15 high- rises (>6 Storeys) and 7 low-rises (4-6-storeys).

Camellia | 5-Storey Seniors Residential | 132 St & 109 Ave
One Central | 44-Storey Residential + Retail | 133 St & Central Ave
City Centre 3 | 10-Storey Office + Retail | 96 Ave & 137A St
University District | 28 & 37-Storey Residential + Retail | University Dr & 104 Ave
Linea | 28-Storey Residential | 133A St & 104 Ave
Legion Veterans Village | 20-Storey Mixed-Use | City Parkway & 106 Ave
Maverick | 5-Storey Residential | Whalley Blvd & Grosvenor Rd
King George Hub (Phase B + C) | 29, 34 & 40-Storey Residential + 15-Storey Office + Retail | King George Blvd & Fraser Hwy
King George Hub (Phase B) Retail Component | King George Blvd & Fraser Hwy
Parker | 4-Storey Residential | 139 St & 105 Ave
Georgetown One | 30-Storey Residential + Retail | 102 Ave & Whalley Blvd

December City Centre Update

The December Issue of the City Centre Monthly Update is now out at SurreyCityCentre.ca. This month’s newsletter includes a round-up of new Development Applications, Council Approvals, and Construction activity over the past month.

New Development Applications

Four new major development applications were submitted within City Centre during the past month of November 2020, bringing the total number of major projects under initial review to 34. This represents approximately 27 HighRises (<6-Storeys) and 19 Low-Rises (4-6 Storeys).

10744 City Parkway (20 – 0284)

A Rezoning, Subdivision, OCP Amendment, City Centre
Amendment, and Development Permit application has
been submitted for a site located between City Parkway
and 136A St just south of 108 Ave near Gateway
Station. The application is proposing to consolidate 5
currently vacant lots into 1 new lot in order to develop
541 residential units and 68,000 sq.ft. of office space.

9492 134 St (20 – 0286)

A Rezoning, Subdivision, and Development Permit
application has been submitted for a site located at
the corner of 134 St and 95 Ave at the south-west
edge of City Centre near Queen Elizabeth Secondary.
The application is proposing to consolidate 3 existing
single family lots into 1 new lot in order to develop
a 6-storey residential building containing 140 units,
including ground-level townhouse units fronting 134 St.
The application is the 4th project now underway in the
small block bounded by 134 St to 135 St and 94A Ave to
95 Ave, all proposing 6-storey residential.

10474 132 St (20 – 0290)

A Rezoning, Subdivision, and Development Permit
application has been submitted for a site located on the
corner of 132 St and 105 Ave on the western edge of
City Centre across from Kwantlen Park Secondary. The
application is proposing to consolidate 3 existing Single
Family lots (1 vacant) into 1 new lot in order to develop
a 6-storey residential building containing 135 units.
The site is just north of 3 other applications currently
underway within the same block propsosing a mix of
low-rise, mid-rise, and high-rise residential.

9611 140 St (20 – 0291)

A Rezoning, Subdivision, OCP Amendment, City Centre
Plan Amendment, and Development Permit application
has been submitted for a site located at the corner of
140 St and 96 Ave at the eastern edge of City Centre
across from Green Timbers Park. The application is
proposing to consolidate 2 existing single family lots
into 1 new lot in order to develop a 30-storey residential
tower containing 196 units, plus 73 seniors housing
units. The site is located just south of the future 140 St
SkyTrain Station at Fraser Highway.

Council Approvals

Five major projects received approval from Council during the past month of November, joining 23 other projects with pre-existing approvals. This brings the total number of approved projects to 28, representing 37 High-Rises (<6-Storeys) and 17 Low-Rises (4-6 Storeys).

Q5 (19 – 0145)

This 6-storey market residential project by Tien Sher
at 108 Ave & 138 St received 3rd Reading (Conditional
Approval) on Novermber 9. It is to become the fifth and
final building as part of the Quattro development, which
saw its first building completed in 2010.

King George Hub Plaza One & Two (18 – 0362)

The final phase of King George Hub by PCI
Developments received Development Permit approval
on November 9. The project includes 41 & 44-Storey
market residential towers (886 units) above ground
level retail (22,497 sq.ft.) and office (22,970 sq.ft.).
Expected completion is 2025.

Parks & Yards (18 – 0276)

This project by Rize originally received 3rd Reading
for a 30-storey market residential tower, and heritage
revitalization office podium on King George Blvd just
north of 96 Ave in April 2019. Rize has since revised the
application to consist of a 38-storey rental residential
tower (392 units) above a revitalized heritage office &
retail podium. The revised project received 3rd Reading
(Conditional Approval) on November 23. Expected
completion is 2025.

Concord City Parkway (19 – 0214)

Concord Pacific’s latest Surrey project received 3rd
Reading (Conditional Approval) on November 23. The
project is to consist of a pair of stepped 33 & 40-storey
market residential towers (1,014 units) with distinctive
curved floorplates at City Parkway and 105 Ave.
Expected completion is 2025.

Laurel Gardens (18 – 0322)

This 5 & 6-storey market residential project by New
Star Development received 3rd Reading (Conditional
Approval) on Novermber 23. Located between 96
Ave & Laurel Dr near 140 St, the project will replace a
number of existing single family homes in a densifying
area at the south-east corner of City Centre near the
future 140 St SkyTrain Station. Expected Completion is
2024.

Construction

One major project entered construction during November
2020, joing 15 others already under construction bringing
the total to 15 high-rise towers (>6 Storeys) and 5 low-rises
(4-6-storeys).

Briza (13 – 0285)

This 5-storey residential project located on the western
edge of City Centre at 132 St and 106 Ave began
construction in November, after having received 3rd
Reading (Conditional Approval) back in October 2014.
The project will include 65 market condo units with a
townhouse base along 132 St, and is expected to be
completed by 2023.

Briza – now under excavation at 132 St & 106 Ave
Georgetown One under construction at Whalley Blvd & 102 Ave
Parker by Mosaic under construction at 105 Ave & 139 St
The Legion Veterans Village nearing ground level at City Parkway & 105A Ave
University District parkade levels under construction at 104 Ave & University Dr
Linea nearing completion at 104 Ave & 133 St
Park George under excavation on 100 Ave
One Central nearing ground level at Central Ave & 133A St
Park Boulevard under construction on Whalley Blvd
New 98A Ave & King George intersection re-alignment taking shape at King George Hub
Central City Parkade Expansion nearing completion on University Drive

November City Centre Update

The November issue of the City Centre Monthly Update is now out at SurreyCityCentre.ca. This month’s newsletter includes a round-up of new Development Applications, Council Approvals, and Construction activity during the previous month.

New Development Applications

20-0233 (Center Block)

View from Civic Plaza of the initial phase of Centre Block – 14 + 35-Storey Office & Retail

A preliminary Rezoning and General Development Permit application has been submitted for the first phase of the much anticipated redevelopment of the North Surrey Recreation Centre site, known as ‘Center Block.’ The applicant, Surrey City Development Corporation (SCDC), is proposing 1,446,088 sq.ft. of office and commercial space, next to Civic Plaza and Surrey Central Station as part of this initial phase, which will include 2 office buildings at 14 & 35-Storeys, with retail at grade. The current application is for rezoning and master plan approval only. Separate applications will be submitted in the future for each building / phase.

The Center Block project plans to transform the city’s core with a number of new office towers, an expanded SFU campus, retail, and a new transit plaza integrated with a revamped Surrey Central Station, expected to be built over the coming decade.

20-0244 (9525 King George Blvd)

This application replaces a previously approved Seniors Living & Care Facility project known as ‘Innovation Boulevard’ originally planned for a site across from Surrey Memorial Hospital. Since failing to attract investment in that project since its approval in 2016, WestStone Group has now submitted a new application for the site. The new application is proposing a mixed-use residential, office, and retail development, which is to include 920 residential units, and 10,841 sq.ft. of commercial space.

Council Approvals

18-0443 (13245 104 Ave)

13-Storey Rental Apartment at 13245 104 Ave

This mixed rental and market residential project at 13245 104 Avenue received 3rd Reading (Conditional Approval) in October 2020. The current application included a detailed Development Permit for just Phase 1 of the project, which will include a 13-storey rental apartment building (115 Units) on the north portion of the site. Phase 2, subject to a future detailed Development Permit application, is to include a 16-storey market residential building, containing 157 units, on the south portion of the site fronting 104 Avenue.

The site is adjacent to, and will eventually become integrated, with a similar application to the east, which received Conditional Approval in September 2020 for a 21-storey rental and 26-storey market residential project.

Master Plan for adjacent rental & market residential projects at 13245 & 13264 104 Ave

19-0105 (The Holland 2)

The Holland 2 – 32-Storey Market Residential

The second phase of Townline Homes ‘The Holland’ project received Conditional Approval in October 2020. This phase will include a 32-storey market residential tower consisting of 308 units at 13333 Old Yale Rd. The first phase of the project, consisting of a 25-storey market residential tower, began construction in September 2020.

Construction

The month of October 2020 saw continued construction on 15 major projects within City Centre, including 15 high-rise towers (>6 Storeys) and 4 low-rises (6-storeys or less) representing:

  • 5,190 Residential Units
  • 312,179 Sq.ft. of Office Space
  • 164,220 sq.ft. of Retail

A 6-storey residential project at Fraser Hwy and 140 Street known as Fraser Landmark completed in October 2020.

Fraser Landmark at Fraser Hwy & 140 St completed construction in October 2020
Construction progress at King George Hub (Phase B)
King George Hub (Phase C) – 34-Storey Rental Apartments
Linea – 28-Storey Market Residential nearing completion at 133 St & 104 Ave
City Centre 3 – 10-Storey Office across from Surrey Memorial
Georgetown One – 30-Storey Residential & Retail at 102 Ave & Whalley Blvd
One Central – 44-Storey Residential under construction in West Village

City Centre Newsletter

UrbanSurrey is transitioning to a monthly newsletter in partnership with the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association. The newsletter will be available on a monthly basis via the SurreyCityCentre.ca website. There you will find information and resources on the continued growth and transformation of Surrey’s new City Centre.

The monthly newsletter will be available under the Development Updates section of the website. A link to October’s newsletter can be found at the link below, providing an overview of current applications, approvals, and construction within City Centre:

Surrey City Centre Monthly Update – October Newsletter

The current projects section of this blog will continue to be updated on a periodic basis.

Brightside by Bosa BlueSky heads to Public Hearing

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View looking west along 104 Avenue from King George Blvd

Surrey Council gave 1st & 2nd Readings on Monday night to Bosa BlueSky’s next project in Surrey City Centre – Brightside – which will now head to Public Hearing and 3rd Reading (Preliminary Approval) in 2 weeks. The project, which has been under application for the past 2 years, is set to transform the former Brick / Sears Outlet store site at City Parkway & 104 Avenue, which has been sitting vacant for numerous years now. Overall, the application is seeking:

  • A General Development Permit (Form & Character) for the entire site to allow for a phased, mixed-used development consisting of 3 high-rise and 2 low-rise buildings, including:
    • 40-Storey residential tower with ground floor retail (Phase 1)
    • 50-Storey mixed-use residential tower with ground floor retail and 17 floors of office in a stepped podium (Future Phase)
    • 50-Storey residential tower with market and rental units (Future Phase)
    • 2.5-Storey market-hall commercial building
    • 2-Storey amenity building
  • A Detailed Development Permit for phase 1 of the project.
  • OCP Amendment and City Centre Plan amendments to allow for up to 7.5 FAR (9.2 FAR net) density.
  • Rezoning
  • Consolidation from 2 existing lots to 2 new lots.

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View looking north along City Parkway from Surrey Central Station

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View from public and amenity space within interior of site looking south

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View looking east along 104 Avenue

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Future ‘Market-hall’ commercial building in centre of site as part of future phases.

Designed by Perkins & Will, the first phase of the project, a 40-Storey residential tower with ground-floor retail, is to be located at the corner of City Parkway and 104 Avenue and will include:

  • 418 Market Residential Units
  • 2,831 sq.ft. of ground floor Retail

The remaining buildings, subject to future Detailed Development Permit applications, will be located further east along 104 Avenue and north along 105 Avenue. The tallest of the towers, the 50-Storey mixed-use building with 17-Storey office podium, would become the new tallest in Surrey once complete, assuming no other building surpasses it by then, at 554 ft. (169m). The two future low-rise amenity, and market-hall buildings located in the centre of the site are to be set within a publicly accessible plaza that will invite people into the site from 104 Avenue. The plaza will be activated by retail and restaurant spaces at grade, as well as landscaping, and public art, subject to future detailed design.

In total once all phases are complete, the project will include:

  • 1,352 Residential Units (including 200 rental units)
  • 202,146 sq.ft. of Office
  • 37,049 sq.ft. of Retail

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In addition to the buildings on site, the project will also bring into alignment the intersection of City Parkway and 104 Avenue. The north and south portions of City Parkway on either side of 104 Avenue currently do not connect. This alignment is expected to be completed as part of the first phase, with tower 1 to be aligned on an angle with the newly constructed City Parkway.

Phase 1 of the project is expected to be completed by 2025, with the remaining buildings to follow later in the decade. For more on the project:

https://www.surrey.ca/bylawsandcouncillibrary/PLR_7918-0350-00.pdf