The development will include a combination of high, mid and low-rise apartment buildings along with a commercial component to serve the needs of immediate area residents. If the proposal gains approval, the stretch of the south side of Lougheed Hwy between Beta and Delta Avenues will look markedly different once completed over multiple phases. The area to the south along Dawson Avenue will likely see Dawson Avenue extend straight through between Beta Ave and Douglas Rd.
New elementary school and park space
This development will also lay the groundwork for a future elementary school south of Dawson Ave to meet the needs of a growing residential population south of Lougheed Hwy. I expect that the school will be built on the site of the large red warehouses known as the Dragonwood Lands near the foot of Beta south of Dawson Ave. The site of these warehouses is part of the land mentioned in the project writeup for this rezoning reference.
Pedestrian/Cyclist overpass on Beta
One of the requirements of the City of Burnaby is that a pedestrian and cyclist overpass be built over the railroad tracks to connect to Still Creek Ave. Such an overpass will definitely benefit locals that need to take a quick walk to the Costco rather than having to drive around along Dawson to Willingdon to get there. A quick connection to the Central Valley Greenway will also be nice.