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Public hearing for condo with a heritage twist

Aug 30 2012

A proposal to develop a four-storey condominium/townhouse project between Burdett Avenue and McClure Street near Vancouver Street is being recommended to go to public hearing.

The project, proposed by Mountain West Properties, involves properties at 1003-1017 Burdett Ave. and 1016-1018 McClure St.

A vacant and deteriorating heritage-designated house at 1011 Burdett is to be moved about 50 metres to 1016-1018 McClure St., where it will be rehabilitated. That makes way for four, two-storey townhouse units and a four-storey condominium building to be built fronting Burdett Avenue.

Moving the house will place it in a cluster of other single-family homes on McClure Street.

City planning staff say the move will enhance the historic character of other nearby heritage-designated homes. The only other existing structure on the property - a vacant six-unit apartment - will be demolished.

"It's neat that [the heritage house relocation] has been incorporated into the new design," said planning and land use committee member Coun. Lisa Helps.

"When you see all the buildings around it, it fits very well into that neighbourhood."

"The evidence was that it's not in its original location where it sits right now," said committee member Coun. Pam Madoff.

"So by moving it onto the other side it actually strengthens the streetscape where there's more period houses."

Madoff said she has been through the house.

"I think there's going to be people who are going to be very surprised as the project goes ahead to see what that heritage house looks like when it's been completely rehabilitated," she said.

A heritage assessment says it was built in 1912 and is representative of the type of housing built by the emerging middle class in the late Victorian period.

The new development will consist of 32 condominiums, four townhomes, the restored heritage house and one level of underground parking. Plans call for secure bicycle parking for 36 bikes and 44 parking spaces.

Units will range in size from 500 square feet to about 1,400 square feet - and more than half will be one-bedroom units.

The developer will have to enter into an agreement prohibiting a future strata council from restricting rentals.

bcleverley@timescolonist.com

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