Burnaby's Tallest Building Begins Construction

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Solo Altus

Standing over 550 feet above the ground, Altus, Appia Developments newest building, will be the tallest building in Burnaby. In fact, it will be the tallest building east of Burrard Street, just a few floors lower than downtown Vancouver’s Shangri-La.

Construction has begun on phase one, Stratus, at the future SOLO District development at the corner of Willingdon and Lougheed in North Burnaby. Work on phase two, Altus, will begin with a groundbreaking event on June 15th at 10am with Burnaby-Douglas MP Kennedy Stewart, Burnaby North MLA Richard Lee and Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan in attendance. When it is completed, Altus will be a mixed-use building with commercial units on the first 14 floors and 280 residential units from floors 15 to 48.

“We’re very proud to be building the tallest tower in Burnaby,” says Jim Bosa, President of Appia Developments. “The development of Altus is proof that Burnaby is growing into a ‘livable urban community’ that is not only a great place to live, but an excellent place to do business as well.”

When SOLO District is complete, the community will be a bustling hub with more than 1400 residential units and approximately 3000 people living and shopping in the neighbourhood, injecting Burnaby’s economy with jobs, business opportunities and revenue sources for the city.

With Brentwood Town Centre SkyTrain station at the doorstep of this future development, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has lauded SOLO District as “among the largest and most exciting” of the projects planned for the Brentwood area.

“These lessons of sustainable community development will serve as a blueprint to fundamentally recreate Brentwood Town Centre into a model green community that will be another legacy for future generations,” says Mayor Corrigan.

As part of Burnaby’s density bonus program, Appia Developments is contributing $32 million in community amenities, including a 4,000-square-foot community space to be owned by City Hall and $30 million in cash to be used for amenities off-site.

“Aside from the height of the building, we’re very excited about the roof-top entertainment space that will be offered to residents of Altus,” says George Wong, Principal of Magnum Projects Ltd. “The top floor will be home to ‘Club 55’ a luxurious indoor-outdoor clubhouse offering residents more than 5,000 square feet of recreational space. Simply put, Altus will have the best views in the Lower Mainland.”

SOLO District will also incorporate a number of environmentally conscious initiatives including geothermal heat exchange systems, individual gas meters in each condominium, a car sharing agreement with Modo, electric car charging stations and transit passes for some residents. It will also be the site of Burnaby’s first Whole Foods, as well as other quality retailers.

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