George Ferguson Way apartment building goes to public hearing Monday

Bike lockers signal shift in Abbotsford developers’ thinking, Banman says

Council expressed no qualms when it sent a proposal to build a large apartment building near city hall to public hearing later this month.

A developer hopes to build an L-shaped six-storey apartment building at the intersection of George Ferguson Way and Tims Street. The public hearing is set for Monday.

The building would have 97 units and be located adjacent to the Tims/Parkview bike route planned for the area.

The parking garage would include designated space for 48 bicycles, as well as 15 electric vehicles. The development would also include a playground for children.

Council approved first reading of the necessary zoning and permits at a recent council meeting, meaning the project will return for a public hearing later this month.

Coun. Bruce Banman said the bike amenities included in the project show how developers are changing their projects to accommodate a densifying city.

“Had we envisioned that anyone would dream building an apartment complex here with this amount of bike space wouldn’t have happened 10 years ago,” he said. “It gives people choices, it gives people who don’t necessarily have a car a choice.

“We need to look towards the future as to what densification is going to look like in some areas of this city.”

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