A massive six-building complex is being planned for development in Mission.
On Oct. 19, a rezoning application came before council to sub-divide a property at the intersection of Hurd Street and 7th Avenue – where developers hope to build a total of 289 residential units, 11 commercial retail units and four office units.
Council approved the application to move forward to a public hearing on Nov. 2, 2020.
The property would consist of three five-storey residential buildings, a two-story commercial building, a two-storey amenity building and a five-storey mixed-use commercial and residential building.
Under the site’s current designation in the Official Community Plan, mixed-use commercial and residential developments are typically capped at a height of four-stories and have a maximum floor space ratio – both of which are exceeded here.
The developers have proposed a housing agreement with the District where they will provide rental units, in exchange for an exception to the above limits.
A total of 56 of the residential dwelling units in one building will be guaranteed as rentals for 30 years under the agreeement.
The District’s Housing Needs Assessment for 2020 to 2024 identified the need to construct 263 market rental dwelling units.
The approval of this development brings the total number up to 80 units, or just over 30 per cent of the year’s goal.
The buildings will have an internal courtyard connecting the three residential buildings, and the complex will have park-like amenities and greenspace.