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Five Coquitlam lots set to become home to more than 100 people

City council is scheduled to hear from local residents about a proposal to build six townhouse buildings in Burquitlam.

Five Burquitlam lots with single-family houses may soon become home to more 100 people.

On Monday (July 11), Coquitlam city council will hear from residents about a bid to build six townhouse buildings on the properties at 637, 639 and 641 Aspen St., and 574 and 582 Foster Ave.

The applicant Ciccozzi Architecture also proposes to close a lane to consolidate the lots for the 49 stratified units; the area slopes down 17 feet from east to west.

City council gave the plan first reading last month to move the item to a public hearing.

According to a report from Chris McBeath, Coquitlam’s acting director of development services, 21 onsite trees would come down.

However, 86 deciduous trees would go into the ground for replacement.

Coun. Craig Hodge asked city staff to work with Ciccozzi to see if conifers could be planted instead.

If the application is approved, Ciccozzi would also build an outdoor common amenity zone in the middle of the site, as well as a public node on the northwestern corner.

And it would provide 49 parking stalls equipped with a Level 2 or higher charging outlet for electric vehicles.

Foster/Aspen is now transitioning from single-family homes — largely due to the growth in Burquitlam from the Evergreen Line.

Currently, a three-storey townhouse development is under construction next to the Ciccozzi site, while a 59-unit townhouse development across the street is under city review.

If the rezoning bid is OK’d by council, the municipality stands to gain the following:

  • $813,000 in development cost charges
  • $156,800 in community amenity contributions
  • $61,400 in future child care needs
  • $1,090,000 for the sale of the cancelled lane

The public hearing takes place on July 11, 7 p.m. at Coquitlam city hall (3000 Guildford Way).

If you wish to participate or watch the hearing, you can visit the city's website.