Rental building planned for the Vancity site in Maillardville

There are 166 non-market units in the Coquitlam property proposal, along with ground floor shopping opportunities.

A Maillardville property where Vancity once had a credit union branch may soon have residential rentals — with purchases below.

Last month, Coquitlam City Council unanimously gave first reading to Catalyst Community Development Corporation to rezone 1013 and 1025, av. Brunette to build a 166-unit non-market and commercial ground floor apartment complex.

A public audience on the proposal will be held on Monday (July 11) at Coquitlam City Hall; the meeting starts at 7 p.m.

If OK’d, the six-story building would include:

  • 17 three-bedroom units
  • 18 accessible units
  • 16 adaptable units
  • Eight employment-housing units

And that would bring in $2.1 million in development costs for the municipality.

Catalyst Community Development Society is a Vancouver-based non-profit developer, owner/partner and operator of purpose-built housing.

Currently, projects are underway with Vancity at 5590 Victoria Dr. (Vancouver); the City of Burnaby (6857–6875 Royal Oak Ave. and 7510 Kingsway Ave.); in Surrey (in partnership with Semiahmoo House Society, Semiahmoo Foundation and Peninsula Estates Housing Society); and with the District of Tofino.

Its website says the proposed Coquitlam project is a 99-year ground lease with Vancity, costing $56.5 million to build.

It should be in place by 2025, if approved by the board.

“I think it’s a fabulous project,” said the adviser. Chris Wilson told the council on June 20.

“There’s so much good stuff in it. We’re talking about the need for off-market housing, and we’re getting some all over town, but it’s going to make a huge difference, so I’m glad to see it come up.”

Com. Steve Kim said he was happy to see the addition of housing-employment units and accessible units.

The Vancity Credit Union branch was on site until 2017; another branch opened two streets away.

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