A Public Information Meeting is being held Thursday to present a revised concept for a 3-tower ‘gateway’ project proposed for the north end of City Centre at King George Blvd and Bolivar Rd . The project, which initially appeared before Council last April, has been undergoing revisions ever since, after being sent back to staff to work with the applicant on refining the plan. The project is situated on a site designated for 4-6 storey (2.5 FAR) density under the City Centre Plan, therefore an amendment is required to permit the proposed towers (with a density of up to 4.2 FAR).
The revised plan, being put forth by a developer known as ‘New Great Land Developing’ and designed by Vancouver’s MCM Architects, features 3 staggered towers ranging in height from 23 to 34 storeys above 6 storey podiums along King George Blvd, as well as 2 additional 6-storey buildings along Barker Street. While the general concept is similar to that presented in April, the buildings have been revised to now resemble a ‘stacked box’ design, integrated with a high quality public realm at the base of the site designed by Vancouver’s PWL Landscape Architects. This includes a proposed ‘gateway’ plaza at the corner of Bolivar Rd and King George Blvd, an interior courtyard, and public pedestrian connection through the site linking King George Blvd to Barker Street.
While plans at this stage are still preliminary, subject to more detailed design, it is anticipated that the project will be primarily residential focused with a mix of market condos, rental units, and some limited commercial space for a cafe and neighbourhood-serving retail. A cafe / restaurant is envisioned to help enliven the public realm / pedestrian area through the site.
Following Thursday’s Public Information Meeting, the project will continue with more detailed design in preparation for appearance before Surrey’s Advisory Design Panel (ADP) likely sometime in the Spring. It is expected that the project will be ready to return to Council for preliminary approval by Summer or Fall 2019.
For anyone interested in attending the Public Information Meeting – it is being held Thursday, November 29 between 5-7pm at the Whalley Legion at 13525 106 Ave.