Artist’s rendering showing the north corner of a proposed 98-unit apartment building on Songbird Place. (D-Architecture image)

Artist’s rendering showing the north corner of a proposed 98-unit apartment building on Songbird Place. (D-Architecture image)

Development permit issued for 98 apartments near Nanaimo North Town Centre

Council grants minor variances to permit five-storey building proposed on Songbird Place

City council has approved plans for close to 100 new apartments near Nanaimo North Town Centre.

Council, at a meeting Oct. 18, voted unanimously to issue a development permit for a five-storey, 98-unit apartment building at 4961 Songbird Pl.

The project was envisioned as a 76-unit building at the re-zoning stage, upped to 108 units at the design panel stage, then dipped back down to 98 for development permitting.

The proposed composition of the building is 54 two-bedroom apartments, 40 one-bedroom apartments and four three-bedroom apartments.

The planned building is L-shaped, with one section facing Rutherford Road and another facing a wetland area on the triangular-shaped piece of land.

“The proposal incorporates a design that respects that shape as well as the wetland setback that’s required there,” said Jeremy Holm, the city’s director of development approvals.

The proposed building includes an underground parking level. The development permit grants minor variances to the building’s height and front yard setback.

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Artist’s rendering showing the southeast corner of a proposed 98-unit apartment building on Songbird Place. (D-Architecture image)

Artist’s rendering showing the southeast corner of a proposed 98-unit apartment building on Songbird Place. (D-Architecture image)