Open house to offer info on PoCo project
Oct. 10 meeting will showcase road changes and other aspects of plans for the Coast Meridian overpass
More “fine-tuned” drawings of what a Port Coquitlam road will look like once the Coast Meridian overpass is built can be seen at an open house next month.
At the Oct. 10 event, the city will present concepts of acoustic walls to reduce noise for homes along Coast Meridian Road; designs for a new park on the road’s west side; and landscaping plans for the medians, boulevards and private properties.
The open house will be held at Terry Fox secondary (1260 Riverwood Gate) from 6 to 8 p.m.; city staff and consultants will be on hand to respond to questions.
Dave Currie, PoCo’s transportation manager, said the aim is to present more refined drawings based on feedback from last open house May 31 at the school.
The open house will come about a week before the tender to build the four-lane, $98.73 million viaduct closes for the three shortlisted bidders: Bilfinger Berger, Peter Kiewet Sons Co. and SNC Lavalin. City council is expect to make its decision in mid-November, with construction due to start early next year.
TransLink is paying $60 million towards the cost of the overpass while PoCo is paying $38.73 million through development cost charges and from its major transportation capital reserve and land sale revenue.
Other PoCo news:
A chunk of industrial land straddling the Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam may be lost for more townhouses.
Mosaic Avenue Developments wants to build 134 units in both cities off Kingsway Avenue, near the CP Rail tracks and Maple Creek and north of the Riverbend sub-division.
City staff have asked Mosaic to host a consultation meeting to gauge the public’s reaction to the bid; a meeting will likely be held in mid-October.
According to a report that went before PoCo’s community and economic development committee (CEDC) this week, Mosaic has applied to construct 90 three-storey townhomes on 3.9 acres at 835 Westwood St., in Coquitlam, and 44 units at 2643-2669 Bedford St., in PoCo.
The land is currently zoned industrial; however, PoCo’s official community plan calls for apartments on one side. Mosaic’s application involves changing the OCP to townhouse.
Earlier this month, Coquitlam city council voted 8-1 to allow the public consultation to proceed (Coun. Richard Stewart opposed), though Coun. Brent Asmundson voiced concern about the potential loss of industrial land.
Meanwhile, Mosaic Homes got a development permit from CEDC this week to build 137 townhomes near the Pickton farm on Dominion Avenue.
The company still has to obtain a building permit.