A new apartment building proposed for the corner of Eleanor Avenue and Marshall Road will head to a public hearing later this month.
The owners of two-thirds of an acre of land encompassing two Eleanor Avenue properties hope to build a six-storey, 65-unit building.
The new building would include a rooftop patio, and be composed of 23 one-bedroom units, 30 two-bedroom units and 12 three-bedroom suites.
A larger building on Eleanor Avenue already under construction will result in a left-turn barrier being installed along Marshall to prevent left turns.
Staff say future developments will likely soon result in the connection of South Fraser Way with Eleanor. (Click here for that story.)
The parkade for the building would be accessed through Eleanor Avenue, while a handful of visitor parking spaces would use Guilford Drive.
Coun. Patricia Ross suggested that a hill on Marshall and high speeds presented an existing traffic challenge for those wishing to turn onto Guilford Drive.
“It’s kind of risky as it is, so I’m worried about adding more traffic with those poor sight lines,” Coun. Patricia Ross said. “Is there some kind of signage that we can put at the top of that hill?”
Gordon Botha, the city’s senior transportation engineer, said staff will consider what can be done to address visibility areas in the area.
City staff recommended council approve the project, citing the need for more housing in Abbotsford and the neighbourhood centre commercial area at the junction of Sumas Way and South Fraser Way.
Several setback variances are needed for the project to proceed. The developer has proposed to contribute $20,000 towards the city’s crosswalk upgrade program.
Twelve trees would also be removed. The developer has promised to plant 15 new trees and contribute money to allow for the off-site planting of six additional trees.
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