Twin towers proposed for Quay parking lot

Initial drawings for Bosa Properties
Initial drawings for Bosa Properties' proposed development at 1000 Quayside Dr., in front of the Inn at the Quay in New Westminster
— image credit: City of New Westminster report

Twin towers of 26 storeys atop a seven-storey podium with nearly 600 residential units is being proposed for the parking lot in front of the Inn at the Quay.

According to a report going to council on Monday, Bosa Properties' proposal for 1000 Quayside Dr. includes 368 one-bedroom units ranging from 526 to 646 sq. ft., and 220 two-bedrooms 758 to 857 sq. ft. The project would also include commercial at grade along with 48 units of rental housing.

Bosa is also proposing to provide 611 parkings spaces, including 80 for the River Market, although current requirements call for 974 spots. There would be only one parking floor below ground with six storeys above. Some of it will be hidden by rental units, townhouses or commercial space. What isn't would be screened, said the report, with fronts that make it appear as if it's part of the residential building.

In addition, Bosa is proposing to build a pedestrian connection from the McInnis Street overpass through the site to connect to the SkyTrain and the Downtown to the riverfront. The connection would consist of a walkway through the podium and a staircase and elevator to the overpass at the fourth parking level.

The report notes the development meets the city's density and land use plans for the area as well as providing much-needed rental units, ground-oriented housing and an environmentally-friendly landscaped roof on top of the podium.

However, the report, written by planner Barry Waitt, said there's still some concerns. While Bosa has improved the parking podium's appearance from its initial proposal, the massing and design of the large structure between the two towers needs more work.

The quality of the proposed pedestrian connection also needs to be improved, particularly near the McInnis overpass.

"It is critically important that this linkage be safe and inviting for pedestrians to utilize as one of the major connections between the waterfront and the rest of downtown," said the report.

In addition, more analysis of the parking requirements and the view corridors is needed. The report also noted the proposal is unclear about how much indoor amenity space will be provided.

The report recommended these concerns be addressed before it goes out for public consultation.

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