A home in Coquitlam’s Miller-Grant neighbourhood is slated for the wrecking ball to make way for a three-storey fourplex — on one lot.
On Monday (Oct. 4), city council gave first reading to rezone the property at 931 Grant St., which is owned by the Newgen Group and located two blocks from the Port Moody border.
Applicant Mara + Natha Architecture will now see its application go out for public comment, with a city hall hearing in November.
Its proposal calls for four strata homes — each with four bedrooms — in two buildings: Building A (on the west side) will front Grant Street while Building B (on the east side) will face Catherine Avenue.
It’s not the only planned development in the area.
City council recently OK’d a rezoning and development permit for a townhouse project just to the south, at 909-927 Grant St. As well, city staff are now reviewing an application for a nine-lot assembly and townhouse development nearby.
The neighbourhood upgrades come as the municipality updates its housing policies for southwest Coquitlam, of which the Miller-Grant pocket is on the radar.
The Mara + Natha bid, if approved following the public hearing, will also see six trees and a hedge removed for the required road dedication and proposed retaining wall; the developer plans to plant 14 trees onsite in lieu.
Asked by Coun. Chris Wilson about the blank garage walls that will face the neighbours’ homes, Andrew Merrill, Coquitlam’s director of development services, said that city staff could work with the applicant on the design and materials, as well as recommend additional landscaping to soften the view.
If green-lighted, the city stands to gain $91,800 in development cost charges and $18,700 in community amenity contributions.
Council’s vote to proceed to public hearing was unanimous; however, Coun. Steve Kim recused himself due to a perceived conflict of interest.