Another major mixed-use development proposal has been proposed for a site next to SkyTrain’s King George Station and Holland Park in Surrey city centre.
Local developer Century Group has submitted a rezoning and development permit application for the vacant 3.6-acre site at 9905 King George Boulevard — the northwest corner of the intersection of King George Boulevard and 98a Avenue.
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Designed by ZGF Architects, the proposal calls for four towers, including a 42-storey condominium tower, a 36-storey condominium, a 19-storey tower with 204 purpose-built market rental units, and a 10-storey office building.
Altogether, the residential components of the project will create approximately 1,000 homes. All commercial components — office, retail, and residential — will total approximately 274,000 sq. ft. of floor area.
The tallest of these buildings are located on the site’s northwest corner, closest to the park. Both the rental housing and office buildings will front King George Boulevard, with their bases activated with retail and restaurant space, effectively creating a mixed-use podium.
The rooftop of the podium will be an expansive courtyard between the four towers, complete with landscaping and programmed public and semi-private private spaces, carrying a theme of food and urban agriculture. A daycare facility is planned for the ground level.
Such a courtyard space is intended to create a sense of community amongst residents, office workers, and visitors, and it better integrates the development with a new parkside street and the adjacent park.
Various design proposal have emerged for this particular site over the years, but none have taken hold. Overall, the latest design aligns with the municipal government’s city centre plan of transit-oriented densification and the inclusion of employment uses.
According to BC Assessment, the development site — formed by a land assembly of five lots — has an assessed value of $57 million.
Just across the street from this site is PCI Developments’ King George Hub complex, where Coast Capital Savings’ headquarters is located.