Major redevelopments envisioned for the downtowns of Abbotsford and Maple Ridge

May 20 2020, 7:30 pm

Proposed plans for significant mixed-use redevelopments in the emerging downtown areas of Abbotsford and Maple Ridge have emerged.

Few details are available at this time, as the proposals are in their early stages.

The scale of the Abbotsford project, in particular, is typically associated with recent larger developments found in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Coquitlam.

The Abbotsford redevelopment by EMCO Investments Ltd. and designed by Iredale Architecture calls for as many as seven buildings, including five towers. The tallest tower appears to be nearly 30 storeys.

The development site is located at 33011 South Fraser Way — the northeast corner of the intersection of South Fraser Way and Bourquin Crescent West. The site is currently underutilized with a few standalone low-storey commercial buildings and single family homes, and extensive ground-level parking.

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Preliminary conceptual artistic rendering of a master plan for an Abbotsford City Centre development. (Iredale Architecture / EMCO Investments)

Abbotsford City Centre

Preliminary conceptual artistic rendering of a master plan for an Abbotsford City Centre development. (Iredale Architecture / EMCO Investments)

According to the City of Abbotsford, a rezoning application for this proposal was submitted in 2017, and it remains “in-stream” within the municipal government’s review process.

There will be about one million sq. ft. of total floor area, including residential, retail, and commercial uses.

It is envisioned as a “complete community” that includes office space and approximately 800 homes with wide range of residential types, such as seniors housing, condominiums, townhouses, and non-market rentals.

Abbotsford City Centre

Preliminary conceptual artistic rendering of a master plan for an Abbotsford City Centre development. (Iredale Architecture / EMCO Investments)

Abbotsford City Centre

Preliminary conceptual artistic rendering of a master plan for an Abbotsford City Centre development. (Iredale Architecture / EMCO Investments)

Under the City of Abbotsford’s 2016-approved City Centre Neighbourhood Plan, such density and uses are permitted in the core of the designated downtown area. The development site falls within the eastern edge of this core.

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Abbotsford City Centre Neighbourhood Plan. (City of Abbotsford)

Over at Maple Ridge, Iredale Architecture has also created an early master plan concept for a new high-density neighbourhood that reflects the principles of the jurisdiction’s Official Community Plan.

This redevelopment is proposed for the northwest corner of the intersection of 224 Street and Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge’s city centre, replacing a number of low-storey buildings including strip malls and single-family homes. Records show a rezoning application was submitted in 2017 for the site at 12021 Garden Street.

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Preliminary conceptual artistic rendering of a master plan for a Maple Ridge development. (Iredale Architecture / SwissReal Investments)

maple ridge development

Preliminary conceptual artistic rendering of a master plan for a Maple Ridge development. (Iredale Architecture / SwissReal Investments)

SwissReal Investments is calling for a combination of townhouses, rowhouses, low-rise apartments, high-rise apartments, and live-work studios, as well as a post-secondary satellite campus. The new public realm includes public plazas and a large central public park.

Buildings are topped with green roofs and solar panels, and altogether there will be 1.1 million sq. ft. of total floor area. The tallest tower is under 20 storeys.

Daily Hive reached out to the proponents but did not hear back in time for publication.

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Preliminary conceptual artistic rendering of a master plan for a Maple Ridge development. (Iredale Architecture / SwissReal Investments)

maple ridge development

Preliminary conceptual artistic rendering of a master plan for a Maple Ridge development. (Iredale Architecture / SwissReal Investments)