The first phase of Aoyuan International’s The Grove in the Brentwood district of Burnaby is moving forward.
An application submitted by the proponent seeks to build three buildings on the northernmost parcel of the industrial site at 4500 Dawson Street — the southeast corner of the prominent intersection of Dawson Street and Willingdon Avenue, just one block south from SkyTrain’s Brentwood Town Centre Station.
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The 2.1-acre parcel is envisioned to accommodate two condominium towers — 455 ft tall with 43 storeys and 387-ft-tall with 36 storeys — on top of two-storey commercial podiums fronting Dawson Street, and a six-storey non-market rental housing building with ground-level commercial.
There will be a total of 948 homes, including 868 condominiums and 80 non-market rental homes.
The condominium unit mix is 449 studios, 92 one-bedroom units, 258 two-bedroom units, and 69 three-bedroom units. A sizeable proportion of the one- and two-bedroom units also have dens.
The non-market rental housing unit mix is 17 studios, 30 one-bedroom units, 20 two-bedroom units, and 13 three-bedroom units. The city requires developers of multi-family projects to top their developments with 20% non-market rental housing units, defined as rents set at 20% below Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation medians.
Residents will have access to amenity spaces in the podium levels and rooftops.
The commercial component of the first phase will create 55,000 sq. ft. of retail, restaurant, and office space.
A total of four development phases are planned, with the future second phase including the Juneau Street extension and a one-acre neighbourhood public park.
“The design language of the towers located in the neighbouring master plans is often rectilinear. By contrast, the intention here is to provide a more organic aesthetic that complements natural cues covered by the park, which is the heart of the master plan,” reads the design rationale by architectural firm IBI Group.
“Some of the design tools used to achieve this include balconies which are angled and shifted from tower to tower to form curved lines. At the podium, certain corners are beveled inwards to visually connect the curvatures from the park below, suggesting a blurring of the line where the park ends and the building begins.”
The entire nine-acre, multi-phase redevelopment will create five condominium towers up to 51 storeys in height, four non-market rental housing buildings up to six storeys, and 280,000 sq. ft. of retail, restaurant, and office space.
As a public benefit, a new pedestrian overpass will be built across the railway to the south.
Seven underground levels in the first phase will provide about 1,200 vehicle parking stalls and nearly 2,000 bike parking spaces.
A monthly two-zone transit pass will be allocated to at least 15% of the strata residents and 100% of the rental units over two years to encourage an alternative to car use and ownership.
The first phase’s total floor area is 787,000 sq. ft., giving it a floor area ratio density of 8.26 times the size of the parcel. This accounts for about a third of the 2.2 million sq. ft. of total floor area for the entire redevelopment.