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Apartments to spring up around future Walmart
The road to Walmart is about to get more crowded.
Polygon is moving ahead with plans to build an apartment complex with 547 homes on Alexandra Road, across from the proposed SmartCentres retail mall. A development permit panel will consider the application for Alexandra Court, from Polygon Development 269 Ltd., today (Wednesday) at Richmond City Hall.
“The proposal responds well to creating a strong, street-oriented building frontage character and the continued development of the pedestrian Alexandra Way corridor through the neighbourhood,” noted planned David Johnson in a report.
Four buildings, each with five to six storeys, along with a separate amenity building, would cover a one-level parkade on the 2.5-hectare (6.2-acre) development site near Garden City Road.
City council approved rezoning of the site earlier this year. Two residents complained over the growing density of the Alexandra neighbourhood, but the project is within the projected population targets under the West Cambie Area Plan.
Approved by council in 2006, the area plan paved the way for significant change in the neighbourhood, bounded by Cambie Road, Garden City Road, Alderbridge Way and No. 4 Road.
Other apartment buildings—either already complete or in process—will surround Polygon’s Alexandra Court—except to the south, where SmartCentres is proposing a $150-million Walmart-anchored shopping mall.
City council’s planning committee endorsed first reading of the mall in a 4-1 vote Oct. 8. Couns. Bill McNulty, Evelina Halsey-Brandt, Chak Au and Linda Barnes voted in favour; Coun. Harold Steves voted against. Council was set to take a formal vote on the file Tuesday night. If approved, the proposal would go to a public hearing Nov. 18.