New apartment & townhouse projects may trigger South Fraser Way extension

Apartment and townhouse projects along Eleanor Avenue would lead to road connections

As development intensifies on an east Abbotsford dead-end road, the extension of nearby South Fraser Way may be in the cards sooner rather than later.

Construction is nearing completion on a large apartment building at the end of Eleanor Avenue, while, on Monday, council sent a proposal to construct a second apartment building to a public hearing (Click here for that related story).

When council approved the first project in 2017, staff said the long-term plan would be to connect Eleanor Avenue to South Fraser Way once development proceeds between the two dead-ends.

On Monday, council noted that significant multi-family applications have been received for the large land parcels at the north end of Eleanor and east end of South Fraser Way.

Those two proposals would trigger the linking of the two roads.

A 60-unit apartment building is proposed for one side of the future road, while a 61-unit townhouse project is the subject of the other development application.

Council was told it would be likely “that road is constructed before this particular subject property is fully open and constructed.”

Completion of all the projects in the city’s development pipeline would see a dramatic increase in the number of residents living close to the Sumas Way corridor.

Along Eleanor Avenue alone, 284 apartment units are under construction or have been proposed.

Meanwhile, across Sumas Way at the current home of The Abbotsford News, a developer has already been approved to build a 282-unit development.

Construction of that project would trigger improvements to Highway 11 and South Fraser Way’s on- and off-ramp to Gladys Avenue.

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