An open house was held on Nov 30 to discuss the future of Forsyth Park, a new 3 hectare park in the north-east area of the City Centre near 106th & 140th St. The City of Surrey has been acquiring properties for the park since 1989 and is now ready to embark on its first phase of development, beginning with public consultation and design this winter, and moving into construction by summer in time for a fall 2017 opening. With the area slowly starting to densify with recent multi-family projects such as Porte Communities’ HQ directly south of the park, the timing is now right to develop such an amenity space in the area.
As part of the open house that was held, a number of display boards were presented that provided a preliminary concept of what the park may look like, with this likely to be modified based on comments received from the open house. The park is envisioned to be a ‘Contemporary Urban Place’ for neighbourhood residents to enjoy the outdoors, play, and bring their dogs. One of the boards also provided a glimpse of how this park will tie into a network of greenways, spaces, and parks throughout the city centre as it develops over the next few decades. This illustrative plan also gives a good impression of how the City Centre itself will transform over-time, with a finer grained street grid, and a more compact urban form. See below for images.
Illustrative Plan close-up of the Surrey Central area:
Illustrative Plan close-up of the King George area:
WestStone’s controversial Care Facility and Seniors Living project on the site of a mobile home park at 9525 King George Blvd is returning to Council December 5. The project received preliminary approval (1st & 2nd reading) back in June of 2015, but scheduling of a Public Hearing (3rd reading) was deferred to a later date until a City policy on manufactured home park redevelopment be updated, and resident concerns be addressed. Since then, WestStone has completed its acquisition of all 47 mobile-homes in the park, in accordance with the City’s updated manufactured home redevelopment policy, providing relocation assistance to park residents. City staff are now recommending that Council set a date for Public Hearing and approve proceeding to Public Notification for a Development Variance Permit.
According to WestStone, the closing date for the last of its acquisitions in the park will be in June 2017, at which point, the park will be vacated, and work can begin on site clearing, preparation, and construction, pending approvals. When complete, the project will bring a new 12-storey mixed-use care facility and office building to the site, along with two 6-storey independent seniors living apartment buildings. The site is located just south of 96th Avenue on the west side of King George Blvd across from Surrey Memorial Hospital, and will add to the growing cluster of medical-related care, research, and office uses in the Innovation Boulevard district. The project will also dedicate an extension of 95th Avenue through the site, improving the City Centre road network.
Concord Pacific’s next phase of development near King George Station has recently entered pre-sales, with a new site now up at www.parkboulevardliving.com for potential buyers to register.
This next phase will add a 6th tower to the Concord Pacific community in Surrey, following the original 3-tower Park Place, and 2-tower Park Avenue developments. Concord first submitted a development application for the project back in July 2016 for a 42-storey tower on the site, which is slightly higher than the previous towers constructed which are in the 36 to 40-storey range.
Despite an application for a single 42-storey tower, a rendering on the front page of the Park Boulevard site depicts what appears to be a tower of less than 42-storeys, as well as an additional shorter tower on the site. While the rendering is likely inaccurate and just a placeholder, it remains unclear whether Concord intends to develop a 2nd tower on this site as part of a separate application. If so, this would be consistent with the original plan for the site, initially developed by Korean developer Jung Developments as Infinity in the late 2000’s. Concord took over the project in 2008, re-branding it as ‘Park Place’ after Jung Developments was forced to bail on the project mid-construction during the 2008 financial crisis.