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Residential tower to eat up restaurants

A flurry of residential development in Richmond's downtown is expected to soon gobble up two more businesses.

Townline Group of Companies is proposing to build a 16-storey tower with 126 homes at 8280 and 8300 Granville Ave., near St. Albans Road. City council's planning committee endorsed the rezoning bid Tuesday.

Each site is currently occupied by a restaurant: An Nam Restaurant at 8280 Granville Ave. and Daimasu at 8300 Granville Ave. The proposed development is strictly residential and won't have commercial space.

If built, the tower would be sandwiched by 7-Eleven and Value Village.

Although neighbouring properties aren't proposed for redevelopment, senior planner Brian Guzzi suggested in his report that more towers will come.

"It is anticipated that there will be a continuous wall of towers along this street in the future…" he said in his report.

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