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Bassano by Boffo to add 1,200 homes to Burnaby

A public hearing is planned in late November for a four-tower, high-rise development, known as Bassano, in the Brentwood area of Burnaby.

The 4.1-acre site is located on the southeast corner of Springer Avenue and Lougheed Highway.

The plans, by IBI Group for Boffo, include four residential condominium towers, and a six storey non-market rental podium, with street orientated townhouses fronting Springer Avenue and Lougheed Highway.

Development site
Development site at Lougheed and Springer in Burnaby. Credit: City of Burnaby

Tower heights at Bassano will range from 45 storeys to 34 storeys, with Boffo asking for flexibility for a maximum height of up to 50 storeys on the southeast comer of the site. A large, central open space is proposed between the towers at the centre of the development.

The development is proposed to be built in three phases over a 10-year period, with the first phase in the southwest corner of the property, where several industrial buildings would be demolished.

Bassano by Boffo: Development phasing plan

Bassano phasing plan
Phasing plan of Bassano, with phase one indicated in the southwest corner of the site. Credit: IBI Group

A unique solution to Burnaby’s mandatory non-market rental housing requirement is being proposed by Boffo. The developer is proposed a ‘swing site’ in the Metrotown neighbourhood, at 5650 Beresford Street, to house tenants while their replacement homes are being constructed.

One-hundred per cent of residential parking stalls will have a 240 volt (Level 2) outlet for electric vehicle charging, in accordance with City of Burnaby policy.

Under Boffo’s proposal, approximately 93 purpose-built rental units would be constructed at the Beresford Site, which would initially serve as temporary housing for displaced tenants from development sites within the Metrotown Downtown Plan Area and beyond.

These ‘swing units’ would be delivered prior to or concurrently with Phase 1 of the Bassano Site, and Boffo is proposing that these units temporarily satisfy the inclusionary rental requirement for Phases 1 and 2 of the Bassano Site, as well as the inclusionary requirement for the Beresford Site.

In accordance with Burnaby’s Tenant Assistance Policy, residents displaced from other developments could be housed at the Beresford Site for an interim period, until their unit in their new development is ready. Tenants would only be responsible for the portion of the rent amount equivalent to the tenant’s rent at the time of rezoning of their respective site, with the pertinent developer paying any applicable rent top up, in accordance with the city’s Tenant Assistance Policy.

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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