Downtown Langley has deep and narrow lots. Some of these lots can make it difficult to develop because of their geometry. One such lot is on the corner of 56th Avenue and 201A Street. This piece of land has been vacating since I can remember.
At last night’s City Council meeting, a development proposal was presented which would see the construction of 8 townhouses that front 201A Street.
|Vacant lot at 201A Street and 56th Avenue in Langley. Select image to enlarge.|
One of the innovative features of this development is the inclusion of roof-top patios/gardens on the townhouses. The units front 201A Street with no green-space like traditional row houses. Parking for the townhouses is located in the rear of the units which supports a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere along 201A Street.
|Draw of proposed townhouse project. Select image to enlarge|
My only critique about this project is that it doesn’t do much for 56th Avenue. As the gateway to Downtown Langley, the corner of 56th Avenue and 201A Street deserves some special treatment. 56th Avenue will see the side of the townhouse development, plus the access roadway, though it will be landscaped. The City is proposing to install one of its larger pedestrian wayfinding signs.
|Landscaping plan for proposed townhouse project. Select image to enlarge|
The Township of Langley had a proposal for a similar scale townhouse development which included a small ground-level commercial space on one of the end units. If a similar concept was proposed for this project, it would have not only supported a great public realm on 201A Street, but also on 56th Avenue. Either way, I look forward to seeing this project move forward.