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Townhouses planned for Fort Langley land

Fort Langley’s landscape is about to change again, although less radically than it did when a former lumber mill was transformed to become the residential community of Bedford Landing.

This time the focus is on approximately 4.5 acres. Of this total, Lanson Foster has bought 1.85 acres from the Township of Langley, and around two acres from adjacent Lombardy Campground.

The civic address of the Township property is described as Lot 2  Mavis Avenue, and is situation directly behind the fire hall at 23127 96 Ave. When the new fire hall opened in October, 2005, it left Lot 2 virtually landlocked.

Foster is in the final stages of acquiring the Lombardy property, which amounts to just over two acres.

Foster, who grew up on the outskirts of the historic village and is a long-time resident of Langley, plans to combine the two properties for a townhouse development.

His company, Lanstone Homes, paid $1.8 million for the property behind the firehall. Foster would not disclose the purchase price of the Lombardy land.

The Township’s Official Community Plan designates the land multi-family, and Foster said that he plans a low-density residential development, and will begin a community consultation process in the New Year.

Although the land is not part of the Fort Langley Heritage Conservation Area, council could elect to have the property included, said Ramin Seifi, the director of community development for the Township.

Proceeds from the sale of the Township land can only be used to acquire more land, pay off land purchases, or be applied to capital purchases.

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