Delta avenue undergoing transformation

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday for a proposed townhouse development along a busy Delta roadway.

A rezoning application by Gurcharan Minhas for 72nd Avenue at the corner of 116th Street, where several single-family lots were purchased and consolidated, would see 64 units built in 13 buildings.

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Two other townhome developments have been built nearby recently with a 60-unit development at the corner of 112th Street and a 40-unit development across the street from the latest application, also located at the corner of 116th Street.

The public hearing will take place at city hall at 4 p.m. and can also be viewed online on Delta’s website.

More for sale signs are appearing by 72nd Avenue property owners hoping to cash in on land assemblies as the city eyes higher density along the corridor.

The North Delta Area Plan focuses the concentration of higher density residential growth on four key areas: the Scott Road Corridor, the Nordel Social Heart, 84th Avenue as well as 72nd Avenue.

Meanwhile, the city is closing in a final design for road improvements for 72nd Avenue.

Council this summer asked staff to review the planned upgrade project design and provide recommendations to address public feedback received earlier this year.

Council had previously approved safety recommendations to include a narrow median island along the avenue to restrict turning movements from driveways and side streets as well as signalized U-turns to improve accessibility for area residents.

The plan also includes the removal of on-street parking from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The 72nd Avenue Roadway Improvement Project will see the upgrades carried out over a couple of phases from the BNSF overpass to Scott Road.

Costing an estimated $6.7 million, the first phase of the project would be undertaken from the BNSF Overpass to 115th Street in 2021 and is to be completed by the spring of 2022.

Costing an estimated $4.3 million, the next phase would take place from 115th Street to Scott Road in 2023.

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