Renderings of a proposed rental building in Guildford that, if approved, would also include 10 townhouses that would be sold as market housing. (Photos: surrey.ca)

Renderings of a proposed rental building in Guildford that, if approved, would also include 10 townhouses that would be sold as market housing. (Photos: surrey.ca)

Surrey council gives early nod to proposed rental apartment building

If approved, the applicant would sign a ‘Housing Agreement’ promising 108 apartments would be rented for 20 years

A rental building has been proposed as part of a development in Guildford, and the project received an early nod from Surrey council on Monday (Dec. 3).

If approved, the project would be the fourth purpose-built rental building in Surrey in recent years, after decades of no such buildings being constructed in the city.

In all, 108 apartments are proposed in what would be a five-storey rental building. Ten townhouse units are also planned, which would be sold as market housing.

According to a report to council, the 2.1-acre property, at 14477 103rd Avenue, is currently “devoid of any building and structures” and “is being utilized for unauthorized vehicle and bin storage,” but the owner has told the city they will remove them as soon as possible.

The applicant, Kelson Investments Ltd., requires council’s approval to rezone the property from RMC-135 (Residential Commercial 135) and CH1 (Highway Commercial Industrial) to Comprehensive Development. A development permit is also needed.

During a Dec. 3 meeting, city council unanimously voted to give first and second reading to the rezoning application, and the project is now headed to public hearing on Jan. 14.

In all, three buildings are envisioned: one would be the five-storey apartment building, and the other two would be two-storey townhouse units, one fronting 103rd Avenue and the other fronting 145th Street.

During the Dec. 3 council meeting, Councillor Steven Pettigrew said he is “reluctantly approving” the application to proceed to public hearing “because of the rental aspect,” but expressed concerns related to traffic and schools.

“It seems like it’s going to be quite challenging for them to get by the church,” Pettigrew said before the vote. “I’m hoping that this is going to be addressed through the project and also, the schools in the area. The elementary school is at 100 per cent capacity and Guildford Park is 130 per cent, so again this is more stress put upon our local schools.”

Eight elementary students and seven secondary students are projected from the development, a staff report notes.

Councillor Laurie Guerra asked the applicant how much the rental cost would be for the units, and was told it would be hard to say what the rents would be but the “best we know right now is about $2 per square foot.”

The apartments would range in size from 480 to 1,015 square feet and the townhouses, roughly 1,400.

If ultimately approved, the project would include a “Housing Agreement” that would establish a restrictive covenant stating the 108 apartments would be rented for a 20-year period. City council voted unanimously to give the agreement first, second and third reading during Dec. 3’s council meeting.

“The city may from time to time require that the owner of the building provide written proof of compliance with the Housing Agreement,” a city report notes.

Staff say the proposed density and building form are appropriate for this part of Guildford, and that it’s within a Frequent Transit Development Area.

But the city’s parks department has concerns about the pressure the project will place on existing parks, recreation and cultural facilities in the neighbourhood. In response to those concerns, the applicant has proposed a “voluntary amenity contribution,” on a per unit basis, totalling $177,423.70.

While the property has no protected trees, the applicant proposes to remove eight “undersized boulevard trees” along the north and south property lines, in order to build new sidewalks along 103A Avenue and 145th Street.

According to the report to council, city hall has heard no concerns from the public after pre-notification letters were mailed out Aug. 20.

The applicant aims to have the units ready for occupancy by mid to late 2020.

Another purpose-built rental building opened in Surrey recently, developed by WestStone Group. “Fusion” is a 146-unit apartment building located at 13555 96th Avenue, and people started moving in Nov. 1.

See also: VIDEO: Surrey’s newest purpose-built rental building opens in City Centre

See also: New rental building in Surrey sees nearly 2,000 applicants for 97 units

In September of 2017, Townlines Homes opened its rental building “The Bristol” in Cloverdale.

More than 2,000 people applied to live in the 97-unit building, located at 5738 175th Street.

The long-term rental housing project was the first of its kind to be built in Cloverdale in more than 30 years.

Another purpose-built rental project was completed in South Surrey in August 2016. The building is an inclusive rental-housing development planned by the Semiahmoo House Society.

It has 71 units, 20 of which are made available to tenants with developmental disabilities as rentals or long-term leases, and the remaining 51 units are offered to the general public at below-market rates.

-With files from Samantha Anderson and Lauren Collins



amy.reid@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Amy on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

File photo
Surrey RCMP investigating death threat against councillor Hundial

‘On Monday morning I received a threat on messenger that basically said to put a bullet in me,’ Councillor Jack Hundial told the Now-Leader

Crew works to remove the Toys ‘R’ Us sign from the North Surrey store in late October, in video posted to Facebook by Scott Dombrowski.
Closure of Toys ‘R’ Us store in Surrey a step forward for ‘Georgetown’ development

Video of toy store sign’s removal stirs memories on Facebook group

A worker from Yellow Fence Rentals installs fencing around Cloverdale Youth Park Nov. 25. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Cloverdale Youth Park closed

Basketball court and skate park fenced off

File photo
Surrey Downtown BIA launches shop local campaign

Meantime, BC Buy Local Week runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6 in Surrey

The City of White Rock is posting signage at popular outdoor public spaces to encourage mask-wearing when social distancing is a challenge. (City of White Rock image)
White Rock encourages mask-wearing at outdoor public spaces

Signage erected in parks and along the waterfront

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 23, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. daily COVID-19 cases hits record 941 on Tuesday

Further restrictions on indoor exercise take effect

B.C. projects targeting the restoration of sockeye salmon stocks in the Fraser and Columbia Watersheds will share in $10.9 million of federal funding to protect species at risk. (Kenny Regan photo)
13 projects protecting B.C. aquatic species at risk receive $11 million in federal funding

Salmon and marine mammals expected to benefit from ecosystem-based approach

Krista Macinnis displays the homework assignment that her Grade 6 daughter received on Tuesday. (Submitted photo)
Abbotsford mom angry that students asked to list positive stories about residential schools

Daughter’s Grade 6 class asked to write down 5 positive stories or facts

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Barrels pictured outside Oliver winery, Quinta Ferreira, in May. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
B.C. Master of Wine reflects on industry’s teetering economic state

Pandemic, for some wine makers, has been a blessing in disguise. For others, not so much.

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A fentanyl test strip is used at Vancouver Coastal Health in Vancouver, Tuesday, January, 21, 2020. The test strips will be made available to drug users to ensure that their drugs are safe and free of Fentanyl. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Drug overdoses lead to 5 deaths each day in October; drug toxicity continues to increase

COVID-19 crisis continues to exacerbate the overdose crisis

An employee of the Adventure Hotel was taken to hospital on Nov. 20 after she confronted a customer of Empire Coffee about not wearing a mask. File photo.
Nelson hotel employee suffers heart attack after being assaulted in anti-mask incident

An accountant at the Adventure Hotel is in hospital in Kelowna

Damien Smith, with father Thomas Smith, is “frozen” with joy as he watches a special message Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds recorded for Damien’s 9th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Contributed)
Shuswap boy celebrates 9th birthday with family, community and Ryan Reynolds

People from around the world send birthday cards showing young Canoe resident he’s not alone

Most Read