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Tower eyed for corner of Cooney and Lansdowne

A proposal that would dramatically change the appearance of a busy corner in downtown Richmond is awaiting city council's approval.

CCM Investment Group Ltd. wants to built a 47-metre (154-foot) tower at 8380 Lansdowne Rd. The site is at the corner of Lansdowne and Cooney roads, across from Lansdowne Centre mall.

Proposed is a 12-storey residential tower over a three-storey parkade, designed by IBI Group. Contained in the development is 131 homes, 7,044 square feet of restaurant space and 2,915 square feet of retail room. One large restaurant is proposed to anchor the corner of the development, while a smaller restaurant would front Lansdowne Road.

A two-storey strip mall with tenants that include Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant would be demolished to make way for the project, if city council approves. The land is already appropriately zoned, so no public hearing is scheduled.

The 0.36-hectare (0.9-acre) property is near a residential high-rise where some residents previously protested against another neighbouring tower.

Francisco Molina, senior planner at Richmond City Hall, said in a report the new proposal has "successfully addressed and resolved the on-site challenges posed by a very narrow corner site and the need for achieving a sensitive interface with existing residential buildings in the area.

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