The City of Burnaby will have bragging rights when a new residential tower is completed.
One of the towers under construction as part of the Gilmore Place development next to the Gilmore SkyTrain station in the Brentwood area will be the tallest in B.C. at 64 storeys or more than 700 feet.
Once it's built, it will replace Vancouver's Shangri La hotel as the tallest in B.C. Technically, some of the residential towers in Burnaby's Metrotown area will look taller, but that's because Metrotown is at a higher elevation.
“Gilmore Place is a master-planned community that will transform Burnaby’s western gateway into an incredible urban hub for residents and visitors alike,” says a statement from developer Onni. “Featuring one of Canada’s tallest residential towers, the seamlessly-integrated Gilmore SkyTrain Station, world-class shopping and entertainment, convenient office space and luxurious residential towers, Gilmore Place will redefine metropolitan living in one of Burnaby’s most up-and-coming neighbourhoods, Brentwood. Live above your own city centre, with stunning panoramic views, contemporary finishes, and unrivaled amenity spaces exclusive to residents.”
The first phase of the development will be home to three towers, with the remaining two towers being 43 and 51 storeys, totaling 1,550 units across all three buildings. A podium on the sixth floor will connect the three towers.
The IBI Group-designed development will include 500,000-square-feet of retail space and 1 million-square-feet of office area.
Future phases of the Gilmore Place project will see a total of ten towers surrounding Gilmore SkyTrain station.
According to staff reports, the properties planned for phases two and three are currently either vacant or occupied by older light-industrial buildings or by parking. At the northeast side of the Gilmore Place plan, where towers nine and 10 are planned to go up, sits a Honda dealership.
The Gilmore Place master plan was given final approval by council in July 2018, and it forms part of the city’s long-term plan for the Brentwood town centre.
- With files from Dustin Godfrey