High-rise Concorde project in Burnaby’s Metrotown will include 58 non-commercial studio suites of 323 square feet
Burnaby developers are set to build more apartments of unit sizes that local politicians have called “ridiculous” and “unlivable”.
The Concorde Metrotown development at 4750 Kingsway will offer 188 non-market rental units – 58 of the non-market studio units will be between 323 and 346 square feet.
This is a little smaller than three standard sized parking stalls.
It’s also smaller by more than 75 square feet than the development’s market tier studios, which range from 399 to 528 square feet, and the smallest by 182 square feet than the market rental studios that start at 505 square feet.
The development’s eight adaptable non-market studio units measure 385 square feet.
(Non-market refers to units rented below local market value, usually through a government subsidy, in this case 20 percent below market. The current market rent for a studio unit in Metrotown is $996, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Typically Corp. .Adaptable to the studio’s sliding wall partitions to separate the sleeping space.)
The minimum size for studio units in Strata complexes is 398.28 square feet and the minimum size for rental units is 322.93 square feet (30 square meters).
Universe. Pietro Calendino required employees to report minimum unit sizes for both tiers and rentals earlier this year to the Planning and Development Committee on June 1.
A330 [square] A foot bachelor unit is not a livable place. A 450 [sq. ft.] One bedroom is a very small space,” he said at the June 1 meeting.
“Obviously we are concerned with affordability, but affordability has to come with some degree of livability as well.”
The Committee was responding to comments made at the regular board meeting on May 30, regarding the Grosvenor Brentwood development, which includes 36 non-market rental studio units of 328 square feet, nine non-market rental units of 365 square feet and 97 rental logistic. Studios range from 381 to 394 square feet, and rooms range from 443 to 445 square feet.
Universe. Alison Jo raised the issue of small unit sizes on the Board.
Mayor Mike Hurley said: “That’s an absurd size to have to live to, in my opinion. … It’s time to revisit that and make sure it doesn’t happen again. That’s insignificant.”
“It’s ridiculous to expect someone to live in 350 square feet or less, so we really have to look at that,” he said.
The Director of Planning told the council that by the time the developments were ready for public hearing, “the floor plans are pretty much set”.