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50-storey tower proposed next to Burquitlam Station in Coquitlam

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Kenneth Chan Jul 11, 2018 1:15 pm 1,948

The area around Burquitlam Station, on the border between Burnaby and Coquitlam, is quickly shaping up to become one of Metro Vancouver’s quickest growing transit-oriented neighbourhoods.

A rezoning and development application by local developer Ledingham McAllister to redevelop the 1.5-acre site at 508-524 Clarke Road, right across from the SkyTrain station, has been submitted to the City of Coquitlam.

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Site of 508-524 Clarke Road, Coquitlam. (Rositch Hemphill Architects / Ledingham McAllister)

508-524 Clarke Road Coquitlam

Site of 508-524 Clarke Road, Coquitlam. (Rositch Hemphill Architects / Ledingham McAllister)

The so-called ‘Highpoint’ project, designed by Rositch Hemphill Architects, envisions a 406-ft-tall, 50-storey tower that sits on top of a 10-storey podium.

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Artistic rendering of 508-524 Clarke Road, Coquitlam. (Rositch Hemphill Architects / Ledingham McAllister)

There will be a total of 415 homes, including 295 market condominium units, 105 market rental units, and 15 non-market rental units. The overall unit mix is 10 studio units, 160 one-bedroom units, 199 two-bedroom units, and 46 three-bedroom units.

Market condominium residents and rental residents will have separate common amenity spaces: a 15,900-sq-ft space, including a ‘Sky Lounge’ on the top floor, for market residents and an 8,900-sq-ft space for renters.

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Artistic rendering of 508-524 Clarke Road, Coquitlam. (Rositch Hemphill Architects / Ledingham McAllister)

508-524 Clarke Road Coquitlam

Artistic rendering of 508-524 Clarke Road, Coquitlam. (Rositch Hemphill Architects / Ledingham McAllister)

Additionally, the ground-level facing Clarke Road will be lined with seven retail units totalling a combined commercial floor area of 16,200-sq-ft.

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Artistic rendering of 508-524 Clarke Road, Coquitlam. (Rositch Hemphill Architects / Ledingham McAllister)

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Artistic rendering of 508-524 Clarke Road, Coquitlam. (Rositch Hemphill Architects / Ledingham McAllister)

The project calls for 527 vehicle parking stalls and 683 bike parking spaces within the underground levels. A quarter of the vehicle parking spaces will be outfitted with electric vehicle chargers.

The resulting total floor area of 378,726-sq-ft provides the redevelopment with a floor area ratio density of 6.1 times the size of its lot.

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Artistic rendering of 508-524 Clarke Road, Coquitlam. (Rositch Hemphill Architects / Ledingham McAllister)

508-524 Clarke Road Coquitlam

Artistic rendering of 508-524 Clarke Road, Coquitlam. (Rositch Hemphill Architects / Ledingham McAllister)

In order to achieve this density, city staff have mandated Ledingham McAllister to provide the municipal government with $14.5 million in density bonus funds and $485,000 in community amenity contribution funds.

Other major developments around the Burquitlam Station area include an eight-tower proposal by Concert Properties with 2,700 homes, a 41-storey tower by Amacon with 304 homes, and a 49-storey tower by Townline with 364 homes.

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Artistic rendering of 508-524 Clarke Road, Coquitlam. (Rositch Hemphill Architects / Ledingham McAllister)

508-524 Clarke Road Coquitlam

Artistic rendering of 508-524 Clarke Road, Coquitlam. (Rositch Hemphill Architects / Ledingham McAllister)

508-524 Clarke Road Coquitlam

Layout of 508-524 Clarke Road, Coquitlam. (Rositch Hemphill Architects / Ledingham McAllister)

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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