Open house on Wednesday on Fraser Mills plans

A rendering of the main plaza at the Fraser Mills Waterfront Village - COURTESY OF BEEDIE LIVING
A rendering of the main plaza at the Fraser Mills Waterfront Village

An open house will be held next week on plans to revamp Coquitlam's oldest industrial area.

Beedie Living will host a display of its proposal for Fraser Mills, a new riverfront community that, when built out in 15 to 20 years, will see up to 10,000 new residents, 13 highrises and 275,000 sq. ft. of commercial space.

Last month, Beedie representatives spoke before the city's council-in-committee to show renderings of the revised project that will include more green space on the 89-acre property as well as a greater mix of building heights and a 330-foot pier on the Fraser River.

The revisions, by consulting architect Gregory Henriquez, will require minor amendments to the city's official community plan, zoning and the Fraser Mills development agreement, said Dave Gormley, Beedie's vice-president of land development. Those changes are expected to come before city council in the next few months.

Construction on Phase 1 of the Fraser Mills Waterfront Village is expected to begin next year, including on the main plaza, a 22-storey tower, eight- and six-storey mid-rises, and a two-storey complex with a restaurant and commercial space.

In its heyday, Fraser Mills was the largest sawmill in the British Commonwealth, and its workers — mostly from Quebec — were Maillardville pioneers.

• The public open house will take place on Wednesday, June 6, between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. at Place Maillardville community centre (1200 Cartier Ave.); there will be no formal presentation at the event. For residents unable to attend, comments can be made online via


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