Residents invited to help shape Braid SkyTrain site at open house Tuesday
Sapperton residents are being offered an opportunity to shape the vision of a project on vacant and unused land next to the Braid SkyTrain Station in New Westminster.
Bentall Kennedy, owners of the 38-acre site that currently has a vacant lot and warehouse/distribution facility on it, will hold an open house on Tuesday, April 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Knox Presbyterian Church, 403 East Columbia St.
They have the zoning in place and hope to soon get approval for construction of two office buildings on the site which will take up approximately eight acres on the southwest portion of the property.
The proposed master plan for the remaining portion would require an amendment to the city’s Official Community Plan, the development of design guidelines and a future rezoning.
This would require an “extensive public review process,” a report to city council on March 7 stated, which is why consultants Brook Pooni Associates have organized Tuesday’s meeting.
The site is designated as business park in the city’s Brunette Creek Neighbourhood Plan, which allows for business park and related uses, including “non-population dependent office uses and/or public transportation facilities. In the Brunette Creek neighbourhood, residential uses will also be considered within this designation.”
According to the report, “The Braid Station area is seen as being strategically significant to the city to meet future employment needs, research and development opportunities and synergies related to the Royal Columbian Hospital.”
It is also seen as an opportunity to explore the development of an exemplary transit-oriented community with retail and services to meet the needs of the local community and SkyTrain riders, as well as potentially some residential development.”