Metrotown's growing concrete skyline may have a new addition if council gives the ultimate approval.
A rezoning application being proposed by Chris Dikeakos Architects includes two 38-storey residential towers with a four-storey commercial and residential podium on the 6200-block of Cassie Ave. and 6300-block of McKay Ave.
"It is noted that this commercial component, while not identified in the plan, is considered minor, desirable and supportable given the future direction articulatd for Beresford Street as a public art walk/celebratory street," the planning and building report states. "A key component of this development is the continuation of the urban design elements established for Beresford Street, including art installations, bench seating, rain gardens, distinct street and pedestrian lighting and an enhanced sidewalk treatment."
The site is near the Expo SkyTrain line and civic square, according to the report.
An "enhanced" east-west mews is proposed through the site, which will connect Cassie to McKay Avenue to "improve neighbourhood connectivity," the report states. All parking is proposed to go underground, as well.
Council approved staff to work with the architect firm to prepare a plan that will get presented at a future public hearing.
A more detailed report will also come before council, which will include how much the city could get from an amenity density bonus.
When the rezoning application receives second reading, it will also amend the Metrotown Centre development plan to incorporate street front local commercial uses.
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