447-ft-tall residential tower proposed near SkyTrain's Patterson Station

Jul 23 2020, 3:17 pm

Concord Pacific has submitted a rezoning application to build 366 new homes on a site just east of Burnaby’s Central Park and within a three-minute walking distance from SkyTrain’s Patterson Station in the Metrotown downtown district.

A rezoning application for 5895 Barker Avenue calls for the redevelopment of 5895 Barker Avenue — currently occupied by a 1969-built, four-storey building with 48 rental homes — and the closure of redundant portions of the street and laneways for consolidation into the development site. The developer will acquire these roadway areas from the city.

There will be 314 condominiums within a 447-ft-tall, 42-storey tower, and 52 rental homes within a separate six-storey building.

5895 Barker Avenue Burnaby

Site of 5895 Barker Avenue, Burnaby, with the walking distance to SkyTrain’s Patterson Station indicated. (Google Maps)

5895 Barker Avenue Burnaby

Site of 5895 Barker Avenue, Burnaby. (Google Maps)

The condominium unit mix is 39 studios, 39 one-bedroom units, 78 one-bedroom units with a den, 78 two-bedroom units, 39 two-bedroom units with a den, and 41 three-bedroom units, while the rental unit mix is three studios, 33 one-bedroom units, three one-bedroom units with a den, and 13 two-bedroom units.

Following city policies, this includes 48 replacement rental homes, which will be set at pre-development, below-market rates for returning tenants, and 20% below Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation median market rents for new tenants.

5895 Barker Avenue Burnaby

Artistic rendering of 5895 Barker Avenue, Burnaby. (IBI Group/Concord Pacific)

5895 Barker Avenue Burnaby

Artistic rendering of 5895 Barker Avenue, Burnaby. (IBI Group/Concord Pacific)

Tower residents will have access to about 14,000 sq. ft. of indoor amenity space within the lower levels, including lounge, party rooms, communal kitchen, karaoke and music room, yoga room, fitness gym, games room, multipurpose rooms, virtual golf, and guest room. Additionally, on the third level there will be an indoor swimming room with a partial glass bottom and ledge, as well as a spa, outdoor putting green, deck, and fitness zone.

Rental residents will have separate lounge and party room areas in their own building.

Shared outdoor amenities include a dog walking area, children’s play area, and amenity dining areas and patios.

5895 Barker Avenue Burnaby

Artistic rendering of 5895 Barker Avenue, Burnaby. (IBI Group/Concord Pacific)

Designed by IBI Group, the tower and low-rise building’s undulating forms are said to be inspired by nature.

“Reflecting our West Coast environment, we looked to the ocean, driftwood, and eroded pools for design cues. The resulting form has softened edges that open up views to surrounding waters, while creating an iconic form as a gateway to the neighbourhood,” reads the design rationale.

“The building is composed of faceted window wall with curving concrete balconies clad in undulating metal panel in gray and white.”

5895 Barker Avenue Burnaby

Artistic rendering of 5895 Barker Avenue, Burnaby. (IBI Group/Concord Pacific)

5895 Barker Avenue Burnaby

Artistic rendering of 5895 Barker Avenue, Burnaby. (IBI Group/Concord Pacific)

Four underground levels will provide 371 vehicle parking stalls and 814 bike parking spaces.

To help reduce car use, a two-zone monthly transit pass will be allocated to 15% of strata residents and 100% of rental residents for two years. An attempt will be made to provide four carshare vehicles to all residents, but if this is not possible the funding will be directed towards more transit passes.

The total floor area of the complex is 318,000 sq. ft., creating a floor area ratio (FAR) density of 6.9 times the size of the 46,356-sq-ft lot. The project will use the full 1.1 FAR density offset available for the site, and 1.6 FAR of density bonusing provisions (74,000 sq. ft.).

5895 Barker Avenue Burnaby

Artistic rendering of 5895 Barker Avenue, Burnaby. (IBI Group/Concord Pacific)

5895 Barker Avenue Burnaby

Artistic rendering of 5895 Barker Avenue, Burnaby. (IBI Group/Concord Pacific)

5895 Barker Avenue Burnaby

Artistic rendering of 5895 Barker Avenue, Burnaby. (IBI Group/Concord Pacific)