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Major new housing development pitched for busy Delta corridor

The proponent is also considering designating a percentage of the rental units as below market housing

A major new housing development is pitched for the Scott Road corridor.

Council on Tuesday heard a presentation from the proponent behind a plan, which is still in the preliminary stages with an application still to be submitted, for the redevelopment of the Delta Shoppers Mall.

The site is 2.4 hectare (5.9 acres) at 8037-120 St. would be transformed to a mixed-use development that would include a total of 813 residential units, retail, public open space, a daycare and office space.

To be built in phases, the development would see two 32-storey residential towers, one 10-storey mid- rise building with seniors housing units and one six-storey mid-rise with purpose built rental housing units. It would have 1,609 parking spaces.

Located between the Delta Rise residential tower and the Real Canadian Superstore, the site’s current designation is for a mix of uses including retail and office commercial, multiple-family residential, recreation, cultural, public and open space.

Chris Andison, CEO of Value Property Group, described the concept as “a city within a city” with tremendous opportunity.

The proposed mixed-use development would not be consistent with the current zoning, although planning staff noted it would be in compliance with the Official Community Plan when it comes to the proposed building heights and floor space ratio.

According to the planning department, the preliminary concept exceeds the recommended building heights in the area when it comes to the recommendations in a final report from the Mayor's Housing Task Force for Scott Road. However, it also checks off many of the boxes when it comes to the task force’s recommendations including creating diverse forms of housing, the planning department explains, noting the recommendations have to be approved as bylaws.

The applicant will prepare more detailed architectural and landscape plans before submitting a formal development application.