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Corner facelift on 12th

Artist rendering of a proposed expansion of DS Tactical at Eighth Avenue and 12th Street. - City of New Westminster report
Artist rendering of a proposed expansion of DS Tactical at Eighth Avenue and 12th Street.
— image credit: City of New Westminster report

A prominent 12th Street corner is about to get a new look.

New Westminster council has given the green light for the 76-year-old Heathman Block on the southwest corner of Eighth Avenue and 12th to be expanded and a two-storey building erected behind it.

Owners David and Marie Kerr received a development permit to add 3,380 square feet of commercial floor space to DS Tactical at 744 12th. The expansion will include the vacant lot behind the Heathman Block at 1204 Eighth Ave. Another 1,445 square feet of commercial will be added to a second floor along with two residential rental units.

DS Tactical aerial

 

An aerial view of the proposed expansion at 12th Street and Eighth Avenue in New Westminster. Image credit: City of New Westminster report

The site has no off-street parking and the proposal doesn’t call for any. Even though city guidelines call for 13 spaces, city council approved not requiring any but the property is subject to the city’s cash-in-lieu parking policy.

Original plans called for three rental units but it was reduced to two at the request of the city’s design panel. Its members wanted the mass of the building at the rear to be reduced to provide a better transition to the houses west of it.

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