Concord Pacific has indicated it intends to construct a second major development cluster within Surrey City Centre, but it will be located away from its existing cluster around SkyTrain’s King George Station.
The proposal for 10547 City Parkway and 13468 105A Avenue is set for a small vacant city block roughly equidistant between Gateway Station and Surrey Central Station, both within a very short walking distance.
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Two other major redevelopments are located adjacently, including Thind Properties’ recently approved proposal for a development with 1,000 homes for the city block immediately to the west, and a future Bosa BlueSky Properties redevelopment kitty corner to the southeast. A future public park is also planned immediately to the south.
Designed by IBI Group, there will be two residential towers reaching 426 ft with 40 storeys for Tower One to the south and 361 ft with 33 storeys for Tower Two to the north.
A total of 1,014 condominium homes are proposed, including 17 studios, 395 one-bedroom units, 168 one-bedroom units with den, 374 two-bedroom units, 30 two-bedroom units with den, and 30 three-bedroom units.
Some of these units will be townhomes to help activate the streets and newly created public realm.
Residents will have access to 19,000 sq. ft. of indoor amenity space organized around the courtyard level, including a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, steam rooms, fitness gym, yoga room, social lounge, dining room, games room, co-working space, two study rooms, media room, dog wash, and bicycle gear room.
Various outdoor amenity spaces totalling about 33,000 sq. ft. will be offered, including a unique space on level three on the podium that is centred around multiple glass skylights and a water feature that cascades water to the ground level.
Major outdoor amenity spaces will also be located on the 19th floor of both towers, with features such as children’s playgrounds, urban agriculture, BBQ lounges and outdoor dining, and other seating areas.
Both towers have a wide width, and have a striking curvature facing the northeast and southwest corners of the property.
“The curving ‘terraced’ building bases depart from the traditional podium and tower form recommended in the City Centre Plan. The proposed approach works well for this unique site that is influenced by the curving shape of the SkyTrain track at the southwest corner of the site. The taller, stepped podiums allow the density expected in City Centre, while limiting shadows on the Park to the north,” reads a city staff report.
“The proposal consists of two artistically sculpted high-rise residential towers that are designed to step up in height. When viewed from the north or the south, the buildings appear thin, but as you move by the buildings they elongate into terraced buildings that step in six-storey increments that terminate in towers, in order to minimize shadowing on the park.”
Four underground levels contain 1,071 vehicle parking stalls and 1,229 bike parking spaces.
The total floor area is 832,373 sq. ft., creating a floor area ratio of nine times the size of the 2.4-acre lot. This residential density is expected to increase school enrolment by 25 elementary students at KW Woodward School and 10 secondary students at Kwantlen Park School.
In exchange for approval, Concord will be required to provide a community amenity contribution of $1,500 per unit if the rezoning is approved sometime in 2021, plus $1,000 per unit towards the city’s Affordable Housing Contribution used to acquire land for new affordable rental housing projects.
Additionally, a public art contribution of 0.5% of the project’s total construction cost is mandated.