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Planned eight-storey rental building steps from Burquitlam SkyTrain station

If approved by Coquitlam city council, the concrete building would be constructed in the transitioning neighbourhood of Oakdale.

A purpose–built rental complex — steps away from the Burquitlam SkyTrain station — is planned for one of Coquitlam’s oldest neighbourhoods.

Last month, council unanimously gave first reading to move the bid from Liberty Homes to a public meeting on July 11.

If approved, four homes would come down for the eight-storey concrete building at 641, 643, 645 and 647 Claremont St. in Oakdale, largely a single-family house neighbourhood that’s transitioning under a new area plan.

Liberty Homes is proposing 110 apartments, including 16 suites that are adaptable or accessible for people with disabilities:

  • 18 studio units
  • 35 one-bedroom units
  • 32 one-bedroom and den units
  • 19 two-bedroom units
  • Six three-bedroom units

The planned development would also have 100 parking stalls, of which 83 would be ready for electric vehicle charging.

As well, Liberty plans 138 bike spots plus a bike repair room.

A total of 15 onsite trees would be cut for the development; however, they would be replaced by 48 trees, according to a report from Andrew Merrill, Coquitlam’s director of development services.

Should the bid be OK’d, the city would yield:

  • $1,260,000 in development cost charges
  • $207,300 in community amenity contributions
  • $76,400 for the Child Care Reserve Fund

An enclave of Burquitlam, Oakdale is located northwest of the Como Lake Avenue/Clarke Road intersection — close to the base of Burnaby Mountain.

A number of development projects are underway or in review for the vicinity including rezonings for two six-storey apartment buildings and for a 42-storey high-rise, a 15-storey apartment complex and two six-storey rental buildings.

In addition, there is a pre-application before city staff for a 30-storey apartment building, as well as a six-storey rental structure.

To take part in the July 11 public hearing, which starts at 7 p.m. at city hall, you can visit the city's website.