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Brentwood’s 51-Storey Residential Tower Set for Public Hearing

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Janaya Fuller-Evans
August 21, 2015

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The next phase of the Brentwood Town Centre redevelopment is going to public hearing next week.

Phase 3 is a 51-storey apartment tower above a four-storey commercial podium at the corner of Alpha Avenue and Lougheed Highway, according to a City of Burnaby staff report.

The plan includes 526 stratified apartments, with underground parking. The design is mean to complement the first two towers approved for the redevelopment.

“At Brentwood Boulevard, a gracious amenity lobby is proposed, complete with seating area, mail room, separate elevator banks, and concierge services,” the report stated. “Atop the commercial podium is an amenity level, complete with a 9,522-square-foot indoor amenity area with fitness facility, multi-purpose lounge and games room, business/study centre, music room, meeting rooms, and two guest suites. The outdoor amenity area includes an outdoor fitness area, outdoor seating, children’s play, barbecue area and extensive rooftop landscaping.”

Shape plans to move ahead with Phase 2 of the project at the same time as Phase 3, and expects to finish it before Phase 3.

However, as Phase 2 includes the new Brentwood Community Centre, further analysis is underway before a rezoning application is submitted for that portion of the development, according to a report from Lou Pelletier, the city’s director of planning and building.

The Brentwood master plan divided the 11.5-hectare site at 4515 and 4567 Lougheed Hwy. into four quadrants for development, with the first phase including the two residential towers currently under construction.

The rezoning application for the second residential building, a 53-storey tower at the corner of Lougheed Highway and Willingdon Avenue, went to public hearing last summer, with about 40 people in attendance. The application was approved last November.

The project has been a source of controversy in the Brentwood community, with many residents opposed to the increase in traffic and density in the area.

Residents along Brentlawn Drive have been especially vocal as the project has progressed. The majority of concerns have been regarding increased traffic and rat-runners through their neighbourhood.

The master plan is divided into four phases and includes proposals for 10 residential towers. The design also includes a redeveloped commercial centre, a food store, and a variety of public outdoor spaces.

The public hearing takes place in council chambers at city hall on Tuesday, August 25 at 7pm.

For those who cannot attend, written submissions must be received at the city clerk’s office by 4.45pm on the day of the public hearing. Burnaby council does not accept submissions regarding rezoning applications after public hearings.