Coquitlam considers putting 110 rentals on four lots amid plans to further densify Burquitlam

One eight-storey concrete mid-rise may replace two houses just north of Burquitlam SkyTrain following a unanimous vote from Coquitlam council on June 20.

The project, which includes 110 purpose-built rentals on four lots in the 600-block of Claremont Street, is now headed for a public hearing.

Discussion at the council meeting was minimal. However, Coun. Dennis Marsden asked if there was potential for low- and non-market options in the development.

The project includes 16 units set to be adaptable or accessible for people with disabilities.

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Consisting mainly of single-family houses, the neighbourhood may see huge densification in future years, depending on council’s decisions regarding applications in the city’s development pipeline.

Possible developments in the area

Coquitlam has received an application that would transform the 600-block of Gardena Drive, replacing several single-family homes with a 42-storey and a 15-storey strata building as well as two six-storey rentals.

Coquitlam has also received an application for a two six-storey strata apartments directly across the lane from the Claremont application.

Rounding out potential developments is a 30-storey strata building and a six-storey rental building located north of the Claremont project.

None of the projects have been considered in council chambers.

Recently approved developments in the area

photo Jeremy Shepherd

Breakdown of the Claremont project

  • Studio and one-bedroom units: 85 (32 with a den)
  • Two-bedroom units: 19
  • Three-bedroom units: 6
  • Parking spots: 100
  • Cash on the table: Approximately $1.5 million in development cost charges and community amenity contribution. That figure also includes approximately $76,400 earmarked for future childcare needs.

Following a public hearing, council will likely consider granting the project third reading. If approved, the proposal will need one more formal vote from council before construction can begin.

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