A 250-unit apartment and townhouse project has been proposed for the former home of Towne Cinema on McCallum Road, south of Highway 1. City of Abbotsford image

Development proposed for former home of Towne Cinema

Two apartment buildings, townhouses slated for Abbotsford’s UDistrict

Another major building project has been proposed for the area just west of the University of the Fraser Valley, as the area continues to rapidly densify.

The former home of Abbotsford’s Towne Cinema is the latest property in the area set for redevelopment, with council giving the first two readings last Monday to a proposal to build two apartment buildings and 73 townhouses on the two-hectare (five-acre) site.

The development would see a total of 250 units of housing built, including 150 apartments and 27 secondary suites within the townhouses. The six-storey apartments would be located on the north side of the McCallum Road property.

The site is just a stone’s throw from a six-storey mixed-use building with 94 apartments currently under construction at the intersection of McCallum and King roads.

And just east of there, at King’s junction with the King Connector, a three-building purpose-built rental complex has been given three readings by council.

Together, the three developments would add just under 550 homes to the area.

The city is currently finalizing a neighbourhood plan for the UDistrict. That plan envisions 6,000 more people living in the area by 2040.

“We’re seeing this UDistrict metamorphize before our eyes,” Coun. Dave Loewen said.

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