Metrotown in Burnaby is the most exciting suburb in Metro Vancouver. Concord Metrotown will connect to the sustainable urban infrastructure as well as to the largest shopping facility in British Columbia. Located at the busiest transportation hub in Metro Vancouver, it only trails behind the downtown core in retail and commercial space offerings. Concord Metrotown by Concord Pacific, the exciting mixed-use redevelopment plan will consist of residential space, major commercial and retail space with new and vibrant public spaces around the community. This addition to Burnaby Metrotown will enhance the urban planning and design features for a well-connected neighbourhood. The following information is the conceptual Master Plan and Phase I for Sears Metrotown by Concord Pacific.

Preliminary details for the overall master of Concord Metrotown by Concord Pacific plan include:
· Seven towers
· Four development phases
· 1,945,855 sf of residential space
· 660,734 sf of commercial space
· a total density of 9.75 FSR

Phase 1 details for Concord Metrotown by Concord Pacific include:
· 1,309 units in Phase 1
· 3 towers ranging from 33 to 65-storeys
· 1,485 parking spaces on 7 levels of underground parking
· a 48,000 SF indoor amenity space
· towers designed with a ceramic frit super graphic design element
· addition of a new East-West road “Metro Way”

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The subject site is approximately 3.6 hectares (8.9 acres) in size, with a frontage along Kingsway of approximately 320.84 m (1,053 ft.). The site currently accommodates a single building occupied by a Sears department store, a Toys “R” Us store and a Concord Pacific sales/presentation centre. The building connects to the Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre at 4700 Kingsway.

The site is bound by Kingsway to the north, the Metropolis at Metrotown Shopping Centre to the south and west, and Nelson Avenue to the east. To the north of the site, acro.ss Kingsway, are a number of mixed-use multiple-family high-rise developments constructed between 1998 and 2009. To the east across Nelson Avenue is the 500 Kingsway Plaza development. Existing vehicular accesses to the site are via Kingsway and Nelson Avenue.

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT FOR CONCORD METROTOWN BY CONCORD PACIFIC
As part of the planning approach to the Sears Metrotown site, a preliminary vision has been established to guide the more detailed design work related to the site’s future redevelopment. The vision takes its inspiration from its physical location in Burnaby’s emerging Downtown. As a juxtaposition of the existing rectilinear street walls and orthogonal tower forms, the built form is to be comprised of two distinct yet integrated elements, the commercial podiums and the residential towers, which are arranged in a gentle curve along Kingsway. The tower heights and tops themselves also curve to create a holistic skyline. As a master planned site, a complete thematic architectural and landscape vision for all buildings and open spaces is proposed, setting the tone as the first downtown redevelopment in line with the recently adopted Metrotown Downtown Plan.

Phase I is comprised of a single commercial and amenity podium with three residential high-rise buildings above, located at the northeast corner of the site fronting Kingsway, between McMurray Avenue and Nelson Avenue. The proposed Master Plan establishes general built form, maximum building heights, development densities, permitted uses, public open space components, traffic and transportation requirements, necessary site servicing, and a proposed subdivision and phasing pattern. The vision for the site is for a pedestrian-oriented, transit-connected community that reflects the strong urban design principles and an urban form unique in the City. The Sears Metrotown site is envisioned to be fully integrated with the surrounding Metro Downtown neighbourhood and the broader Town Centre through the creation of new vehicle, pedestrian and cycling connections to existing streets to the north including McMurray and McKercher Avenues, as well facilitating new future connections to the south and west through the Metropolis at Metrotown site and Station Square.

PHASES OF DEVELOPMENT
Each phase of Concord Metrotown by Concord Pacific would be developed with acommon architectural and landscape vernacular, helping to create a cohesive identity for the site as a whole, while relating to proximal and future development to the south and west.

· Phase I – Nelson Avenue to McMurray Avenue
· Phase II – McKercher Avenue East
· Phase III – McMurray Avenue to McKercher Avenue
· Phase IV – Sears Redevelopment

Phase I  of Concord Metrotown by Concord Pacific is Nelson Avenue to McMurray Avenue
Phase I is intended to set the tone for the overall development by creating a strong visual and physical character for the site, framing Kingsway with a continuous street wall between Nelson Avenue and the McMurray Avenue. This is meant to signify the dramatic shift from the prevailing car oriented department store with its primary vehicle parking at surface – fulfilling Kingsway’s vision as a ‘Great Urban Street’ – with individual storefronts and residential lobbies prominently placed with minimal setbacks to the public realm. The goal is to create a sense of place along Kingsway, by creating a pedestrian environment and urban built form that supports the vibrant characteristics of a downtown area.

The site comprises a singular podium element that frames the adjacent streets, by way of two high volume commercial levels and one level of amenity, including a potential commercial gym facility available to residents. Above the commercial and amenity podium are three residential high-rise buildings ranging in height of between 35 – 65 storeys, with the signature and tallest tower situated at the corner of Nelson Avenue andKingsway. Although there is a consistent thematic design of the buildings within the development along Kingsway, including the curved facades and graphic elements along the balcony glass, the signature tower is elevated in its materials and design in order to bookend theMetro Downtown Neighbourhood with the signature tower proposed at the corner of Kingsway and McKay within the Station Square development.

Phase II of Concord Metrotown by Concord Pacific isMcKercher Avenue East
Phase II, the smallest of the four phases proposes a narrower, but deeper podium element that frames Kingsway and McKercher, by way of two high volume commercial levels and one level of amenity. Above the commercial and amenity podium is a single residential high-rise building ranging in height of between 40-55 storeys. This is the second tallest tower on the site, emphasizing the overall curvature ofthe tower heights.

Phase III of Concord Metrotown by Concord Pacific is McMurrav Avenue to McKercher Avenue
Phase III continues the proposed two high volume commercial levels and one level of amenity, with the opportunity for a key anchor retailer to take both levels of retail. Above the commercial and amenity podium are proposed a two residential high-rise building ranging in height of between 20-45 storeys. These two towers, along with the third tower within Phase I on the east side of McMurray Avenue, represent the bottom of the U in the skyline across the site, but are just as expressive as the other towers proposed for the site.

One of the key elements of all buildings on the site, in addition to the curvature along Kingsway is the orientation and curvature of the tower tops. This is a key design guideline in the Metrotown Downtown Plan and has been well represented in the design concept for the Sears Metrotown Site.

Phase IV of Concord Metrotown by Concord Pacific is the Sears Redevelopment
Phase IV encompasses the existing Sears Metrotown and Toys R Us building. Given existing lease terms for Sears Canada and Toys R Us and the existing operating agreement Ivanhoe Cambridge owner of Metropolis at Metrotown, Phase IV was identified as the last phase of development. However, should lease and operating agreement terms change, Phase IV could be developed at any time. The intended form of development is for alarger anchor retail user on the ground and second level and asingle high-rise commercial tower ranging in height between 20 and 30 storeys.

Above the retail component is an extensive podium landscaped area which will provide the necessary outdoor amenity area to serve a head office or major hotel user of the tower.

More On Phase I of Concord Metrotown by Concord Pacific
The Phase I site measures approximately 132,364 sf with a frontage on Kingsway of 1,053 ft. Phase I consists of three residential high-rise apartment buildings. Tower 1 as proposed measures 65 floors in height, Tower 2 as proposed measures 45 storeys in height, and Tower 3 as proposed measures 33 storeys in height. All three residential buildings are
located atop a 3 storey commercial and amenity podium. The signature tower at the corner of Kingsway and Nelson Avenue does not have commercial uses on the Nelson Avenue frontage, but maintains the high volume in a multi-storey atrium lobby fronting on to the Lake Plaza. Tower 2’s lobby fronts onto Kingsway, in between commercial storefronts, while Tower 3’s lobby is oriented toward McMurray Avenue fronting on to the River Plaza.

The Master Plan and Phase I plans have been prepared by IBI Group. A thematic design concept is being pursued drawing from the Kingsway ridge as the headwaters for several watersheds in Burnaby. This has been represented in the buildings architecture where balconies undulate mimicking flowing water along the Kingsway frontage. An additional design element to emphasise concept water and topography is the application of a ceramic frit super graphic on to the balcony glass. At their top, the buildings a highly articulated mechanical penthouse form is proposed mimicking the coastal mountains.

A total of 1,309 apartment units are proposed for Phase I. The site requires 7 levels of underground parking, accessible form Metro Way. 51/2 levels of parking are required for residents and visitors and 1 Vi levels of parking are required for commercial patrons and employees.

Podium  –  3 storey
Tower 1  – 65 storey
Tower 2  – 45 storey
Tower 3  – 33 storey

Tower I Unit Breakdown
72 Studio  |  398 to 538 sf
72 1 Bedroom  |  538 to 603 sf
70 1 Bedroom (Adaptable)  |  538 to 603 sf
106 1 Bedroom + Den  | 603 to 700 sf
143 2 Bedroom  | 753 to 861 sf
1 2 Bedroom (Adaptable)  | 753 to 861 sf
85 2 Bedroom + Den  | 753 to 861 sf
42 3 Bedroom  | 904 to 1,166 sf
42 3 Bedroom (Adaptable)  | 904 to 1,166 sf
18 3 Bedroom + Den (Adaptable)  | 904 to 1,166 sf
44 Bedroom  | 1,245 sf
Total Units in Tower I: 655 High Rise Apartment Units

Tower II Unit Breakdown
98 Studio  | 398 to 538 sf
82 1 Bedroom  | 538 to 603 sf
82 1Bedroom (Adaptable)  | 538 to 603 sf
131 2 Bedroom  | 753 to 861 sf
16 2 Bedroom + Den  | 753 to 861 sf
9. 3 Bedroom  | 904 to 1,166 sf
8 3 Bedroom (Adaptable)  | 904 to 1,166 sf
2 3 Bedroom + Den  | 904 to 1,166 sf
Total Units In Tower II:  428 High Rise Apartment Units

Tower III Unit Breakdown
21 Studio  | 398 to 538 sf
43 2 Bedroom  | 753 to 861 sf
58 2Bedroom (Adaptable)  | 753 to 861 sf
29 2 Bedroom + Den  | 753 to 861 sf
72 3 Bedroom  | 904 to 1,166 sf
1 3 Bedroom (Adaptable)  | 904 to 1,166 sf
2 3 Bedroom + Den (Adaptable)  | 904 to 1,166 sf
Total Units In Tower III: 226 High Rise Apartment Units

Total Units In Phase I:  1,309 High Rise Apartment Units

Phase I will also include:
1,485 residential parking
14 car wash stalls
14 car share vehicles
2,618 bicycle lockers

Communal facilities are located on ground floor lobbies and on the third floor connecting all three buildings. Amenities include amenity lobbies with seating area and concierge; multi-purpose meeting/media/games rooms; fitness rooms; bowling alley, pet grooming, music room, study room/business centre, cards room and children’s play area. The total internal amenity area measures 47,146 sf.

Building Name:  Concord Metrotown Phase I
Address:  4750 Kingsway, Burnaby BC
Developer:  Concord Pacific
Architect:  IBI Group
Interior Design:  N/A
Year Built: N/A
Prices:  N/A
Unit Sizes:  N/A
Levels:  Tower 1 at 65 storeys, Tower 2 at 45 storeys & Tower 3 at 33 storeys
Suites:  1,309
Property Type:  Residential, Commercial
Area:  Burnaby
Neighbourhood:  Metrotown
Deposit Structure:  N/A
Cost/Square Foot:  N/A
Monthly Maintenance:  N/A
Cost To Purchase Parking:  N/A
Cost To Purchase Storage:  N/A

 

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