PCI Developments is moving ahead with the next phase of its master-planned King George Hub development at King George Station. Following the success of ‘Phase B’ which is currently under construction, ‘Phase C’ will add a 34-storey rental apartment tower with ground floor retail to the site just east of the completed Coast Capital Savings headquarters (Phase A).
Originally planned to be an office tower site, ‘Phase C’ is to include 371 residential units, above 9,322 SF of ground floor retail. Phase C will complete the northern street edge of the internal road on site known as ‘George Junction’, as well as the Coast Capital Plaza next to Phase A. The completed plaza is intended to allow for retailer displays and seating, while serving as a direct pedestrian connection through the Hub development to King George Station.
In terms of architecture, the tower’s design references the pair of 29 & 40-storey residential towers currently under construction as part of Phase B, with a similar wide rectangular floor plate, and prominent canopy at the top of the tower. Phase C differs however with a more ‘playful’ design, featuring shifting coloured balconies every other floor for visual interest, and a light grey window wall running down the narrow north and south sides of the tower. Punctuated black-framed windows and white paneling cover the wider east and west facades.
The retail podium of the tower also aims create visual interest and promote a human-scale environment through varied heights and materials used for each of the retail units. This reinforces a small-scale retail rhythm along the street for a comfortable and pleasant pedestrian experience.
Phase C marks the second to last phase of King George Hub – to be followed by Phase D on the remaining lands on the east end of the site. Phase D is expected to include up to 3 additional towers, bringing the total number of towers within King George Hub to 9. While it is unclear when Phase D will move forward, Phase C is expected to begin construction by next year, with occupancy targeted for summer 2022.
Renderings have emerged courtesy of Adessa Visuals for an upcoming 25-storey project at 9677 King George Blvd. The project, which is set to replace a long-standing Knight & Day restaurant on the site, is currently under application at the City of Surrey, in the initial review stage.
Not many details have been released so far, but it is expected that the 25-storey tower will feature market condos above a mixed-use podium. The project is located just north of 96th Avenue on the west side of King George Blvd, adjacent to the emerging Health & Technology District. The architect and applicant on the project is Chris Dikeakos Architects.
Rize Alliance, the developer behind Wave and the recently released Linea, has submitted an application for their next development in City Centre. Located at 10138 Whalley Blvd just south of 102 Avenue, the project would replace an existing 3-storey walk-up apartment complex built in the 1970’s.
While not many details have been released so far, what is known is that the project is to contain 1,070 units – likely within 2-3 towers above a mixed-use podium base. The subject site is currently designated ‘Residential Mid to High Rise 3.5 FAR’ in the City Centre Plan, and is located just to the south of Anthem Properties ‘Georgetown‘ development, which recently received 3rd reading for phase 1 its 7-tower master-planned community.
Concord Pacific has launched marketing for its next and final phase of its ‘Park’ development near King George Station. Named ‘Park George’ following Park Place, Park Avenue, and Park Boulevard, the twin tower project is now open for registration on the Park George website.
Townline’s upcoming project ‘The Holland’ on Old Yale Rd at 133 St near Holland Park is heading to Council Monday for 1st & 2nd readings. The 25-storey condo tower has been under application since 2014, but is finally moving forward after years on hold.
According to the Planning Report to Council, the tower and its base of townhomes are to be Phase 1 of a two-phased development of the site, which includes 4 properties along Old Yale Rd between 133 St and University Dr. The 25-storey phase 1 will occupy the western portion of the site, with a future Phase 2 to replace the existing 6-storey Kinsman Place Lodge on the eastern portion of the site. The Kinsman Place Lodge is a care facility currently operated by Fraser Health, scheduled to close in March 2019.
In total, the development is proposed to contain 250 units, consisting of 145 one-bedroom units and 96 two-bedroom units within the 25-storey tower, and 9 townhouse units in a 3-storey base along Old Yale Rd and 133 St. The development will also dedicate and construct the start of a new north-south road between Phase 1 and the existing Kinsman Place Lodge (future phase 2) – helping to achieve the goal of a finer-grained road network in the City Centre.
In exchange for density, the developer is proposing an enhanced public realm along Old Yale Rd reflecting its heritage as one of Surrey’s earliest roads. This is to include 2 new corner plazas at either end of the development, as well as an increased setback from the street, double sidewalks, enhanced tree planting and landscaping, high quality surface materials, and the use of heavy timber cedar benches reflecting the logging history of the area.
A sales centre for the tower is expected to open across the street from the site to the south of Old Yale Rd in the fall, with construction expected to begin in 2019, and completion / occupancy targeted for Spring 2021.
In the news release, Anthem notes that they plan on submitting a development application for rezoning of the site in the near future, to allow for a new ‘master-planned residential community’ in line with the City Centre Plan. The site is currently designated ‘Mixed-use / Mid to High-Rise 3.5 FAR’, similar to ‘Georgetown’ across the street, but is likely to see lower towers heights as a transition away from the core to lower density designated lands to the east.
It is unclear whether the new acquisition will become an extension of ‘Georgetown’ or be marketed as a stand-alone development. Also unclear is how the project will fit into the anticipated decade-long phasing of Georgetown’s 7 towers across the street – whether the project will come to market concurrently with one of those phases or be marketed after the build-out of Georgetown.