A multi-parcel site just steps from SkyTrain’s New Westminster Station could become a significant mixed-use development.
According to a pre-application review submitted to the City of New Westminster, Reliance Properties wants to redevelop the sloped site at 811 Carnarvon Street – the northwest corner of the intersection of Carnarvon Street and Eighth Street – into a multi-building residential and hotel property.
The amalgamated 48,000-sq-ft lot is currently occupied by a ground-level parking lot and low-storey buildings that house a church, electronic store, pawn shop, and dog daycare.
Feedback from the municipal government through the pre-application review will allow the project proponents to further revise their design ahead of their upcoming rezoning application.
The proposal, as stated in the pre-application review, currently calls for 454 homes within a 437-ft-tall, 45-storey condominium tower, with the unit mix comprised of 320 one-bedroom units, 82 two-bedroom units, and 52 three-bedroom units. With this height, the tower would become one of the tallest buildings in the city.
A second building with a height of 89 ft, containing eight storeys, will be used as a hotel with 120 guest rooms. This hotel spans over Blackie Street, which runs through the middle of the site.
There will be 642 parking spaces (546 spaces for residences and 96 spaces for the hotel), which is actually 50% below the number of required spaces given the development’s scope.
When combined, both proposed buildings will have a total floor area of 410,000 sq. ft., giving the project a floor space ratio density of 7.86 times the size of its lot.
Inner streets and laneways within this single city block are envisioned to be transformed into a vibrant pedestrian-oriented public space framed by a new Chinese-themed public park, the new 29-storey residential tower at 810 Agnes Street, another new 29-storey residential tower at 813-823 Carnarvon Street, and Reliance Properties’ latest proposal.