A Signature Liquor Store could be on the block with SOLO District if a rezoning application goes through.
Chris Dikeakos Architects has applied for a rezoning amendment to allow a Signature Liquor Store on lot b of the SOLO District.
The site will be part of the second phase of the SOLO development, on the second level of Tower D, which includes a 48-storey commercial and residential tower with an office and retail base.
In 2006, Burnaby council adopted a liquor store framework that stipulates the establishment of one Signature Liquor Store in each of the city's town centres.
Brentwood mall already has a government-owned liquor store, but if the new application goes through it will be replaced by the one being proposed across the street, at SOLO.
The liquor store must abide by certain criteria, such as being a certain distance from private and public schools, adjacent residential dwellings and parks, and other "sensitive" areas including cabarets and child care centres, according to the staff report.
"In addition, any proposed liquor stores in mixed-use projects must be compatible and appropriately integrated with component residential uses," the report states. "Proposals must also provide adequate vehicular and pedestrian circulation on the site, safe, convenient vehicular access and present no undue traffic impacts on the surrounding area."
No schools are in the immediate vicinity. The closest elementary and secondary schools are each about one kilometre away.
"No conflict is anticipated between the (Liquor Distribution Branch) Signature Store and surrounding residential units, as the concept of the SOLO District is to integrate commercial and residential uses in a compatible manner," the report states.
According to operational criteria outlined in the report, it's anticipated the store will be open longer and later than smaller stores. However, it must be similar to nearby commercial business hours.
Burnaby council approved staff to work with Chris Dikeakos Architecture to prepare for a presentation at a future public hearing date.
© Copyright 2013