WestStone Group’s ‘West Village 5’ is heading to Council on Monday, just 3 months after an initial application was submitted for the project back in January. In a Planning Report released on Friday, it was revealed that all residential units in the 44-storey building are to be rental housing, signifying a resurgence towards purpose-built rental housing amongst developers. In all the project is to consist of:
- 11 Townhouse units
- 539 Apartment units ranging from studios to 3-bedrooms
- 14,676 sq.ft. of commercial space consisting of ground-level retail with 2 floors of office above.
It is expected that the commercial/retail component of the project will anchor the new intersection of 133A St and Central Ave (103 Ave), adding to the retail/commercial along Central Ave currently under construction at Evolve. Central Ave will eventually connect directly through to Civic Plaza, Surrey Central station, and beyond, forming a new commercial/residential ‘High Street’ through Surrey City Centre.
It was also indicated in the planning report that the project is set to proceed on an expedited schedule, with completion and occupancy intended by Fall 2020. This would mean the project would need to begin construction later this year.
Revised Master Plan for West Village. Evolve currently under construction on Parcel 4 and subject proposal shown on Parcel 5.
Site plan showing currently under construction Evolve and subject proposal.
Elevation renderings of the project in relation to surrounding proposed and existing towers.
View of the rapidly growing West Village neighbourhood. Subject site located directly in front of the existing 36-storey Ultra Tower.
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Photo update of Bosa Properties’ Gateway Place taken on April 17, 2017. Project is nearing completion with sidewalk fencing now removed, and work on the interior retail and office space underway. Expected completion and move-in of retail tenants likely by Summer 2017.
Looking east on 108 Avenue next to Station Tower
Looking north into the public plaza between Station Tower and Gateway Place
Metal grating installed for green-wall planting on the west side of Gateway Place
Future green-wall and public plaza between Station Tower and Gateway Place
View from 108 Avenue looking north-east
View from 108 Avenue looking north-west
View looking west on 108 Avenue towards Gateway Station
New sidewalk and separated bike path looking north on City Parkway
New sidewalk and separated bike path looking south on City Parkway.
Future location of Nester’s Market and cafe along City Parkway
View from Gateway Station
Further to news in January on the submission of a development application for WestStone Group’s next tower in West Village, more details have now surfaced showing changes to the original plan.
As per a recently released rendering of the project by Adessa Visuals, and application details from the City of Surrey, the project is now proposed as a 46-storey tower above a 14-storey podium. The significant massing of the project is a departure from early plans for the site, which showed a tower above a commercial/retail podium similar to the under construction Evolve next door. Early plans also showed a small plaza/park space on the southern portion of the site, which has now been replaced by the 14-storey podium, covering the entire site.
The scale of the project, designed by Vancouver-based Chris Dikeakos Architects is set to further transform the growing West Village neighbourhood to the west of Surrey Central Station. This latest tower is Phase 5 of an eventual 8 Phase project.
West Village Plan showing previous plan for site on Parcel 5 with the park now replaced by a 14-storey podium.
PCI Group has submitted a new application for the second phase of their four-phase mixed-use ‘The Hub’ development at King George Station, indicating that the project may finally be moving forward. Details of the application available so far indicate that Phase B will include approximately 120,000 sq.ft. of retail space, 9,000 sq.ft. of restaurant space, a 15-storey office tower, and 736 residential units within 2 towers. This description is a bit misleading however, as the office tower will actually form the base of one of the residential towers combining to make up a total 39-storey signature tower at the corner of King George Blvd and Fraser Hwy. The second tower is to be a 12-storey mid-rise rental residential building fronting Fraser Highway.
Signature 39-Storey tower at Fraser Hwy and KGB with combined office base and residential above.
This latest application is an amendment of a previous 2014 application already in process for Phase B. Details of that application were similar, seeking a Development Permit for 2 residential towers (39 and 12 storeys), and a 13-storey office tower (base of the 39-storey residential tower), with commercial, retail, restaurants, and a cinema at ground level. The main purpose of the new amended application is to accommodate the future LRT station on site along King George Blvd, which is expected to begin construction in 2018. Phase A of the project, completed back in 2015, included the iconic 10-storey Coast Capital Savings headquarters building.
A development application has finally been submitted for a proposed 50-storey ‘Education Mega Centre’ first announced last fall by WestStone Group. The mixed-use building which is to consist of student housing, a college campus, commercial uses, and hotel, is set to replace the well-known Stardust roller skating rink that has been on the site since the 1970’s. The project is a partnership between the education and student-housing investment company CIBT Education Group and Surrey developer WestStone Group. CIBT already owns and operates a global network of business, technical, and language colleges throughout North America and Asia.
According to CIBT’s website, the proposed Mega Center is expected to be an iconic 50-storey high-rise tower. Details include:
- The Mega Centre will be located at the heart of Surrey city center immediately between Simon Fraser University and future location of Kwantlan Polytechnic University. With Surrey’s state of the art Civic Library and the iconic Surrey City Hall located within one block, along with Surrey Central SkyTrain station and the central bus loop located in front of the Mega Center and the upcoming Light Rail Transit (LRT) system on its doorstep, this is one of the most desirable and convenient locations for students and visitors.
- It is being proposed that the podium of the Mega Center (levels 1 to 2) will provide for many supporting amenities such as a food court, student lounge, computer centre, electronic library, conference rooms as well as office space for education consultants and other industry related services.
- Levels 3 to 6 will be leased to 20 educational institutions from around the world as their satellite campuses in Surrey.
- Levels 8 to 26 will be comprised of residential suites designed for long term stay international students.
- Levels 7 and 27 will be comprised of amenity space such as fitness centre and lounges for long term residents and student hotel guests.
- Upper floors from level 28 to 49 will be GEC’s flagship student hotel for short term stays.
- Level 50 will be the front desk and check in area for the student hotel.
- The Mega Center will consist of approximately 550,000 square feet and a development budget of $230 million.
Prime on the Plaza is beginning to shape the new intersection of University Dr and 103 Ave. As of April 6, the retail/townhouse podium of the building had reached 4-storeys along University Dr, and 3-storeys further back along future 103 Ave. The podium will eventually reach 4-storeys for the entire base of the building, before the tower begins to rise above it to a height of 37-storeys.