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Former North Van Husky station to be replaced with rental apartments

Public hearings for this kind of project are now banned in B.C.
A design graphic shows a proposed all-rental building at 351 West Third St. in the City of North Vancouver. | Mallen Gowin Berzins Architecture

The shuttered Husky gas station on Third Street in North Vancouver will likely soon be home to 53 rental apartments.

City of North Vancouver council voted unanimously Monday to advance a redevelopment proposal from Jim Pattison Developments Ltd. to build a five-storey building on the site and to forego holding a public hearing before giving the project final approvals.

Since November of 2023, the province has banned municipalities from holding public hearings for residential building proposals if they are in compliance with the official community plan.

Under the plan, six of the rental homes will be offered at mid-market rates in perpetuity.

The building will contain 28 underground parking stalls – four less than required by the zoning bylaw, but because of the property’s close proximity to buses and the SeaBus, staff supported the variance.

Once the plan gets final approval, the city will receive a three-metre strip of land along Third Street and 1.2 metres along Forbes Avenue for future streetscape improvements.

The proposal sailed through its first council vote without any controversy.