Four high-rises part of massive Abbotsford senior’s housing proposal

Developer wants to build four towers at least 18-storeys tall on South Fraser Way site

A proposal to build the largest condominium development in Abbotsford’s history has been under review by city staff since last fall, The News has learned.

In September, a developer submitted an application to build four high-rises, each 18 storeys or taller, along with three smaller apartment buildings, on South Fraser Way, near Sevenoaks Shopping Centre. The application says the buildings would be part of “a mixed use, multi-tenured seniors apartment and commercial village” and, when finished, house 760 total units.

The land includes a parcel currently occupied by a Red Robin restaurant, along with more than a dozen homes immediately to the north.

To proceed, though, the development will need the city to bend the boundaries for the designated city centre neighbourhood plan area along South Fraser Way, and rezone the properties as such.

The developer did not respond to a request for comment.

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The application, as submitted, proposes a 20-storey tower, three 18-storey towers, two six-storey apartment buildings, and a four-storey block. Each would include residential apartments, and three buildings would include commercial space. One of the 18-storey towers would also include amenity areas for residents.

The proposal hasn’t yet come before council and may be subject to revisions.

For years, Fraser Health has been working towards the development of a residential care complex in Abbotsford. But a Fraser Health spokesperson said the organization is not involved in the application.

This isn’t the first time the land has been eyed for a major condo development.

In 2006, the same company applied to build four condo towers between 16 and 24 storeys tall on the Red Robin site and six adjacent properties.

The council at the time approved the application, subject to certain conditions. Four years later, in 2010, staff heard that additional properties had been purchased and a new application was anticipated.


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