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Tsawwassen apartment slated for public hearing
A four-storey 58-unit apartment development has gained support from local residents as it passed first and second reading at council Monday evening and will proceed to a public hearing.
Two petitions have been delivered to Delta council, a 166-signature petition in support from nearby residents, and a 43-signature petition opposed.
The development, called BRIO, would be located on the southeast corner of 12th Ave. and 54A St. and is currently occupied by a commercial plaza, the former site of Harris Nursery.
Apartments will range in size from one bedroom units at 678 square feet to two bedrooms and dens at 1,862 square feet. There will be 96 underground parking spaces, 84 for residents and 12 for visitors.
The exterior will be cement board siding in charcoal and blue colours with light beige brick accents. Composite panels in green will also used as accent materials.
Some sustainable building features are under consideration, such as using the flat roof as a “green” rain garden.
The apartment will also incorporate a public park—called Rotary Corner—located on the corner and with access to the nearby Tsawwassen Town Centre area.
A public information meeting held Oct. 3, 2012, generated concerns about the 13.4 metre (44 foot) building height, loss of sunlight and privacy for nearby buildings, additional traffic, and street parking.
The developer is seeking a rezoning application to allow a four-storey apartment building where the height is currently limited to 11 metres (36 feet).
If approved, the development would provide $93,000 in annual property tax revenue for Delta, though that would be offset by a loss of $21,000 from the existing commercial revenue.