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100% rental tower planned overlooking Burnaby’s Central Park

If it seems like there’s been a lot of tower proposals near Central Park in Burnaby recently, you’re right. This is the third one we’ve covered this week alone.

An incredible amount of development is taking place around Metrotown and Brentwood, with lower land costs for developers, no view cones, and a city hall that welcomes increased density and approves projects quickly — unlike the City of Vancouver.

5970, 5986, and 5994 Kathleen Avenue site
Development site showing tower site and surrounding proposed developments. Credit: IBI Group
Project site at Kathleen and Kemp in Burnaby
Project site at Kathleen and Kemp in Burnaby. Credit: IBI Group
5970, 5986, and 5994 Kathleen Avenue
Lobby of upcoming tower on Kathleen Avenue in Burnaby. Credit: IBI Group

Bosa Properties, through its BlueSky Properties division, is planning a 34-storey tower at 5970-5994 Kathleen Street, just west of Willingdon.

The 100% rental tower will be a mix of affordable and market units, with the following unit mix:

  • 84 affordable rental units
  • 230 market rental units
    • Combined unit mix
      • 84 studios
      • 162 one-bedroom
      • 30 two-bedroom
      • 30 two-bedroom and den
      • 8 three bedroom

Amenities will include lounge, fitness centre, yoga room, kitchen and dining space and an outdoor patio on the 34th floor with garden boxes, seating and kitchen.

The proposed rental tower has a connection to 5977 Wilson Avenue — a 40-storey market condominium tower we covered earlier this week.

5977 Wilson Ave renderings
Renderings of upcoming tower at 5977 Wilson Avenue. Credit: Gensler Architects

Rezoning documents filed with the City of Burnaby state:

“The applicant, having comprehensively reviewed the development opportunities on both the Wilson and Kathleen sites, is proposing that the Wilson site remain a market-only site and that the rental units now required under the Rental Use Zoning Policy, as well as the associated density and a portion of the Wilson site’s RM5s supplementary density, be transferred to the Kathleen site to facilitate a full rental project.”

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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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