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188 townhomes — and a strata pool — to be built near Coquitlam's Burke Mountain Village

Monday, city council green-lighted two development permits for townhouses on Olmsted Street — north of Riley Park — and on Mitchell Street, about a block away.

Another 188 townhomes will be built on Coquitlam’s Burke Mountain on two properties close to the future commercial core.

Monday (July 26), city council green-lighted two development permits for townhouses on Olmsted Street — north of Riley Park — and on Mitchell Street, about a block away.

The residential projects, which are sited on steep lands formerly owned by the municipality, are close to the Burke Village Promenade and the Burke Mountain Discovery Centre and Café, the latter of which is set to open this fall at Princeton and David avenues.

Both developments will have three-storey townhomes, as well as rough-ins for electric vehicle charging stations and space to store two bikes per unit.

For Mosaic’s plan at 1340 Olmsted St., the company plans to construct 76 townhomes in 17 buildings along four rows in the Smiling Creek neighbourhood.

Sloping from north to south, the 181,560 sq-ft parcel will have an elevation drop of 66 feet from the corner of Princeton and David avenues to Riley Park at Olmsted.

The townhouses will include 54 three-bedroom units and 22 larger four-bedroom units, wrote Andrew Merrill, Coquitlam’s director of development services, in his report to council. As well, the project will bring in about $2.1 million to the city in development cost charges (DCC).

Meanwhile, Townline also got the OK from council on Monday to build 112 townhouses in 24 buildings, at 1310 Mitchell St., southeast of the Mosaic project.

In that plan, the 263,230 sq-ft site in the Partington Creek neighbourhood will have a north-south elevation difference of about 69 feet; it will also have five internal roads, 42 three-bedroom units and 70 larger four-bedroom units.

And at the southern edge will be a two-level 4,200 sq-ft clubhouse with an outdoor pool, deck, barbecue, fire pit and playground for the strata residents and for the residents in the townhomes to the south, at 1290 Mitchell St.

The Mitchell Street project will generate about $2.9 million in DCC, Merrill stated.

Coun. Bonita Zarrillo said she likes the concept of multi-family homes near Burke Mountain Village; however, she questioned whether having a clubhouse with a swimming tank would make the townhouses affordable, given the increased monthly maintenance fee.

City planners said the strata pool is feasible and, when constructed, it will be the largest of its size on the mountainside.