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Abbotsford council approves 2 apartment buildings in historic downtown

Project at McDougall and McKenzie encompasses 158 units
Two apartment buildings with a total of 158 units will be built at McDougall Avenue and McKenzie Road in Abbotsford.

Abbotsford council has approved a rezoning application for 158 apartment units in two six-storey buildings at McDougall Avenue and McKenzie Road in the historic downtown core.

The project received third and final reading at the regular council meeting on Monday (Dec. 4).

The development will include 15 studio apartments with an average size of 366 square feet, 89 one-bedroom units with a size of 613 square feet, and 54 two-bedroom suites averaging 750 square feet.

It will also include a two-level underground parkade with 209 parking spots.

The project consolidates six properties at 33762, 33770, 33780, 33786 and 33800 McDougall Ave. and 2395 McKenzie Rd. into two legal lots.

The application sought rezoning from the urban residential zone to the mid-rise apartment zone.

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Prior to approval, Archway Community Services – located directly north of the project – sent a letter to the city regarding its concerns about the development.

Richard Aikema, director of facilities, said Archway has been at its location for 40 years, “at which time we were among the largest buildings in the neighbourhood and the highest.”

“Since that time, we are rapidly becoming the smallest at only three storeys,” the letter states.

“Most developments around us are now five storeys … We are not opposed to development but are concerned that, given this proposed development, that we will now be a low-rise building in the middle of mid-rise buildings. This affects the quality of services we offer and gives the feeling that we are ‘out of place’ in the neighbourhood.”

Aikema said Archway’s other concerns is about a lack of parking in the neighbourhood and that the development “would only add to the problem.”

A public hearing prior to final approval drew comments from only one woman, who lives across the street from the development.

“My main concern is my view will be absolutely gone with six storeys … All of the trees are my current view,” she said.