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New proposal floated for Bayview lot

A new three-storey building at 3531 Bayview St. will be two-thirds residential, under a new proposal at city hall.  -
A new three-storey building at 3531 Bayview St. will be two-thirds residential, under a new proposal at city hall.
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A new development plan is being floated for a site kitty-corner to Steveston’s fishing fleet.

Once home to Towns Netting and Marine Supplies, 3531 Bayview St. could soon be the site of a three-storey mixed-use building.

On Tuesday city council’s planning committee considered a rezoning proposal to allow for ground-floor retail and six homes over a partially in-ground parking structure.

In 2011 councillors saw a similar proposal for the land—located in Steveston Village across from the Gulf of Georgia Cannery—but the application was withdrawn after the owner sold the site to Penta Builders Group.

The new proposal, from Cotter Architects Inc. on behalf of Penta Bayview Holdings Ltd., calls for two-thirds residential—12,835 square feet—with the remaining 7,629 square feet dedicated to commercial space.

The proposed density is less than allowed in the village and the development exceeds the city’s requirement for parking stalls, according to a staff report.

City council paved the way for the development last summer by giving unanimous approval to demolish the former Towns store. The building wasn’t designated heritage, but lies within the Steveston Village Heritage Conservation Area, in which demolitions require council approval.

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