The Central Gordon Estates neighbourhood plan continue to storm forward with new development with a new 4-storey 66 unit apartment condo development at the crosspoints of two crucial Willoughby streets: 72nd Avenue and 202A Street. Taking on a square & panel West Coast Contemporary form that has become very common for new buildings in the area.
20267 72nd Avenue is located off of 72nd Avenue, an arterial road that is one of the main thoroughways between 200th Street and 208th Street. This site sits directly east of Langley Township Fire Hall 4 (20253 72nd Avenue). To the north is another similar 66 unit condominum that is also currently in application stages. To the east there are no current applications, but the lots are designated to also be apartments ranging from 40-80 units per acre all the way until 204th Street. As the plan below shoes, the south side of 72nd will be shared between another condo site as well as townhomes.
The Central Gordon Estates plan primarily sits between the mostly built-out Southwest Gordon Estates plan which is home to the Jeffries Brook development and RC Garnet Demonstration School and the Northeast Gordon Estates plan which has only had a few spotted development areas. However, on the north side of 72nd, the plan borders the Latimer plan, which is currently under a lot of development, to the north and the largely undeveloped Smith plan.
The applicant for the project is well known architectural firm, Flat Architecture, but the builder is currently under a numbered company, 1151244 BC Ltd.. The address for the numbered company shares a unit with Harpreet Gill's ElevateCPA, but I am personally unaware if there is an association between the builder and the accounting firm - it is common for numbered company's to use the address of the accounting firm that filed their corporation papers. Without digging into the corporate registry, I have no further information on the builder. Pre-COVID, the developer would have held an open house before going to First and Second Reading, but this appears to no longer be a request by the Township of Langley.
The development proposes 66 units over 4 storeys with 11 different unit designs ranging from 683 sq.ft. to 980 sq.ft. There will be 2x 3 bedroom units, but the remainder comprise of 1 bedroom + dens, 2 bedrooms, and 2 bedroom + dens. 4 units will be "adaptable" for accessibility.
There appears to be an indoor amenities on both the first and second floors, a courtyard, and 99 resident parking spaces and 10 visitor parking spaces, which meets the minimum requirement in the Township of Langley. The complex is located within walking distance to several bus stops.
The proposed building ncludes a variety of materials including hardie boards, brick, wood style metal panel, corrugated metal siding and three different panel colours.
"An outdoor age friendly amenity space is located on the north portion of the site, with a connection to the main building through an internal lobby. Resident parking is proposed within a single level of underground parking, while a surface parking area for visitor parking is proposed adjacent to the amenity space on the northern portion of the site. "
The application was brought before Township of Langley Council for First and Second Reading on February 8, 2021. I had to leave my office before the vote, but I assume this was approved and will move towards Public Hearing in a few weeks. If you are interested in the status of this development, or any others, please let me know.
Disclosure: Brad Richert Personal Real Estate Corporation and Royal Lepage Wolstencroft is not a representative of the developer. All information contained within should be considered accurate, but is not guaranteed. This article is to be used for informational purposes alone and should not be considered an offer for purchase or sale.