A new rezoning application has been submitted by SUCCESS Affordable Housing Society to redevelop a sloped, vacant city block site, located on the southern border of the Burnaby Heights neighbourhood, into two six-storey mixed-use buildings with non-market rental housing.
The city-owned site at 3802 Hastings Street is one block east of Boundary Road, and framed by Esmond Avenue to the west, Hastings Street to the north, a laneway to the south, and the Ingleton Avenue pedestrian route to the east.
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This project has been years in the making, with Burnaby City Council selecting SUCCESS to build and operate the development in March 2017.
Since then, the non-profit society has secured construction funding from BC Housing, allowing for the project to proceed to the detailed application stage with the municipal government. Additional funding has also been secured from the provincial government for the childcare component of the provincial. DYS Architecture is the project’s design firm.
There will be a total of 161 homes, with a unit mix of 26 studios, 85 one-bedroom units, 30 two-bedroom units, and 20 three-bedroom units.
Under an agreement with BC Housing, 30% of the units will be affordable housing for moderate incomes, 50% will be rent geared to income based on housing income limits, and 20% will be deep subsidy income limits.
Residents will have access to 2,600 sq. ft. of indoor amenity space, as well as various outdoor amenity spaces facing the laneway and on the rooftop.
Additionally, the ground level entails 19,255 sq. ft. of commercial space, including 10,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space, and over 9,000 sq. ft. of childcare and adult daycare space.
The childcare component of the project, which includes an outdoor play area, will have a capacity for up to 75 children.
Both buildings are interconnected by an enclosed multi-level glass bridge on four upper levels, which hovers above a mid-block through passage on the ground level. This centrally located area also features an elevator core that will be shared by both buildings.
Two underground levels offer 141 vehicle parking stalls, 228 bike parking spaces, and 16 scooter parking spaces.
The project’s total floor area is 151,622 sq. ft., creating a floor space ratio density of three times the size of the 51,080-sq-ft lot.
SUCCESS is aiming to commence construction in August 2021 for a completion in Fall 2023.