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More plans from Century

With Southpointe Academy moving across street, company looks to redevelop site

The Century Group is pitching another major housing development in Tsawwassen.

Company representatives and architect Peter Dandyk attended a Delta council workshop last week to outline a plan to redevelop a site at the corner of 56th Street and 18th Avenue, which formerly housed Southpointe Academy.

Still in its early stage, the proposal includes a four-storey seniors' housing building comprising 65 units, a total of 36 three-storey townhouses and a sixstorey commercial building that would be about 33,000square-feet.

The total site area is .79 hectares (1.95 acres).

Southpointe Academy is moving across 56th Street to a building now under construction.

The current official community plan designation for the area is intended for commercial and service uses along the main streets outside the designated town centre. Typical uses included a wide range of retail, office, personal service, recreational, entertainment and short-term accommodation.

However, the area plan also has a policy statement that encourages the replacement of one-storey commercial uses along 56th Street by apartments or townhouses.

The Tsawwassen Area Plan adopted this year limits building heights in the area to three storeys.

Community planning director Tom Leathem said the workshop was an early opportunity to see what is being proposed, but that a formal development appli-cation hasn't been submitted.

The Century Group earlier this month submitted a development plan for the contentious Southlands property it owns in Tsawwassen.

That plan includes 950 housing units with 80 per cent of the land, more than 400 acres, transferred to Delta, including a large parcel of contiguous agricultural land and the significant forested area.

Municipal staff members are going over the plan with the applicant and a detailed proposal will be unveiled at the Sept. 12 council meeting.