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New high rise proposed on Langley’s 200th Street

Project would be tallest in Langley if approved
An artist’s rendering of the proposed residential tower and office block at 200th Street and 80th Avenue in Langley Township. (Chris Dikeakos Architects)

Another proposed tower for Langley Township would place a 42-storey high rise across the street from the Langley Events Centre, if approved by council.

Lorval Developments and Chris Dikeakos Architects have applied for a development permit to build a mixed residential, office, and commercial tower on the northwest corner of 80th Avenue and 200th Street.

The proposal calls for a 42-storey residential tower, with an 11-storey mid-rise office component, both to be built on a four-storey podium containing retail outlets and above-grade parking.

On an 87,000 square foot site, the project would create 30,340 square feet of commercial space, 89,897 square feet of new office space, 255,323 square feet of residential space, and a total of 369 residential units. There would be 821 parking spots, slightly less than the 841 required by local bylaws.

The residential tower would be along 80th Avenue, with the office block along 200th Street and closer to the main route. Access for cars would come via 80A Avenue, an internal road for the nearby office buildings.

An open plaza would sit on top of the commercial and parking structure, between the two main buildings.

The Latimer Neighbourhood Plan for the area says that buildings at the corner of 200th Street and 80th Avenue should be “landmark buildings,” with a minimum height of three storeys, and a maximum of 12. It adds that the “exact height and density appropriate for these sites will be determined through the rezoning process.”

Along with a development permit, the builders are asking for a rezoning to allow the scope of the project.

The project is under review by Township of Langley staff, but has not yet come before the council.

Langley currently has two residential high rise towers nearing completing, built by Vesta Properties near the corner of 84th Avenue and 200th Street half a mile to the north. The two towers there are 34 and 26 storeys.

A number of other proposals for high rises have begun appearing over the past year, including a plan for a major cluster of towers of up to 44 storeys on Willowbrook Drive, near the site of the future SkyTrain station, and a possible mixed development of six-storey condos and a trio of towers up to 18 storeys on 200th Street at 66th Avenue.

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The TransLink Mayors’ Council has called for 200th Street to be one of the first routes for expansion of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in the region, connecting over the Golden Ears Bridge to the Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge.

If built, it would create a dedicated bus lane down the center of 200th Street, allowing for more frequent transit use. The Township is currently looking at the future of the 200th Street corridor through Willoughby in a process called 200 Street 2040, envisioning transit-oriented neighbourhoods in the area.

Matthew Claxton

About the Author: Matthew Claxton

Raised in Langley, as a journalist today I focus on local politics, crime and homelessness.
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