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Condos to be built at east end of Carnarvon

An application to build a 28-unit residential complex on Carnarvon Street has been received by the City of New Westminster.

The property at 216 and 218 Carnarvon is currently vacant. Cornerstone Architecture is proposing to construct 10 three-bedroom units, 16 two-bedrooms and two one-bedrooms with a total floor space of 30,040 square feet.

There would be four storeys above ground on Carnarvon, but with the extreme slope toward the river, the Clarkson Street frontage will have six storeys above ground.

A report to council said the official community plan has already designated the site as residential-mid rise apartment, which the proposal conforms to.

The report went on to say the proposal also supports city objectives for the area such as suitable housing for families since it is near the new proposed St. Mary elementary. It is also a block away from the Columbia Street SkyTrain station.

Although council only received the report for information there was some discussion about the proposal asking to have four less stalls than would be required by regulation.

"Given its relationship to SkyTrain station, no one had any problem with that," said Coun. Bill Harper on Tuesday about council's discussion Monday.

The developers will be required to hold a public meeting, and the project designs will be reviewed by the New Westminster Design Panel before it goes to council again.

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