Quadra Homes went before Langley Township council this week with a plan to build more than 600 housing units on a 10 acre site in the Carvolth area of Willoughby.
The site, dubbed Yorkson Park West, is in the 20200 to 20300 block of 86th Avenue across from the Carvolth park and ride.
If approved, the project will include three mixed-use buildings with about 20,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floors, six apartment buildings, and three townhouse buildings.
There would be 621 units in total in the complex, once completed.
A planned “linear park” the Township has planned would run through the site from 84th Avenue to the south. The park would widen out into a 1.3 acre park area in the middle of the proposed development.
“Somebody had to take on the design and the building of this park,” said Shawn Bouchard, a member of Quadra’s senior management team.
Quadra is asking for an increase in density on the site, in exchange for creating more community amenities.
Bouchard said the density will not mean more units, but larger units. Condos will range from 650 square feet up to 1,600 square feet.
In addition, the project will donate $100,000 to the emergency room expansion at Langley Memorial Hospital, and $400,000 to the 82-unit housing project for low-income seniors planned for Shepherd of the Valley Church’s land on 72nd Avenue.
In 2013, Langley Township revamped its neighbourhood plan for the Carvolth area, which is the northwestern segment of Willoughby near the 200th Street highway interchange.
Carvolth is to be developed as a “transit oriented” neighbourhood, with about 5,000 residents and 12,800 jobs. A mixture of condo developments, townhouses, and office parks is planned for the area.
Langley Township council voted in favour of the first stage of the rezoning bylaws, with Councillor David Davis opposed. A public hearing will be held later.