Wednesday, November 23, 2016

3 towers and commercial space for Gilmore Place Phase 1

The first phase of Onni's Gilmore place will include 3 towers at the corner of Gilmore Ave and Lougheed Hwy.

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First Phase of Gilmore Place to Include Three Towers, 1,563 Units

The first phase of Onni’s large scale mixed-use project known as Gilmore Place, goes before City of Burnaby council next week. The 12.9 acre site next to the Gilmore Skytrain Station in the Brentwood area of Burnaby was initially approved via master plan earlier this year, though requires further detailed rezoning applications for each phase of the project.
The Gilmore Place master plan represents one of the larger projects in Metro Vancouver currently, with over 2.5 Million SF of residential development and 1 million Sf of commercial space.
Phase 1 of the multi-phase project is the subject of this rezoning and includes:
  • a 64-storey signature tower with 643 units
  • a 51-storey tower with 510 units
  • a 43-storey tower with 410 units
  • 71,498 SF of residential amenity space atop the commercial podium
  • 291,652 SF of commercial space in a large 3-storey podium
  • large format retail and smaller CRUs as well as potential office and educational space on upper levels
  • total density of 6.6 FAR
  • connection to Skytrain station
  • 1,720 total parking stalls


The application describes the design rationale:
“The proposed tower design complements the quality and timelessness of the commercial and public open space components advanced under Rezoning Reference #15-54. Tower I and Tower III are designed in tandem to support the signature tower at the corner ofGilmore Avenue and Lougheed Highway. Tower I and Tower III are the counterpoint to Tower II in the use of dark and light colours, drawing from a charcoal and white motif. The subject tower is distinct from the other two towers in that it breaks up the verticality by using offset balconies with fritted balcony glass in a zipper like pattern. The tower terminates in a large lantern element at the corner as a beacon element symbolizing the entry into the Brentwood Town Centre. At the 35th floor is a Sky Lounge the provides residents within the Phase I the opportunity to have social gatherings with unobstructed views to the west and North Shore Mountains.
Residential entries are clearly demarcated on the exterior of the building with floor to ceiling glass, metal and stone elements. Atop the commercial podium is an expansive residential amenity, complete with 71,498 sq.ft. of indoor amenity area with fitness facility (gym, yoga, running and spinning), movie theatre, games room, lounge, golf simulators, bowling alley, indoor and outdoor pools, steam room and sauna, half-court basketball court, three party rooms, four guest suites, indoor and outdoor children’s play area, study centre, kitchen facilities, karaoke room, outdoor dog run, pet wash area and extensive outdoor leisure and landscaped area.
Within Phase I the Gilmore Plaza provides an open air, but weather protected linkage between on-street bus service on Gilmore Avenue and the SkyTrain station, with access to convenience commercial, signature retail, and anchor tenants. The Gilmore plaza is also connected by a grand staircase to second level commercial and retail uses, with opportunities for direct connection to the SkyTrain ticketing level. Movement to the second and third commercial levels is also accommodated by several escalator and elevator banks to ensure universal access and inclusion. The upper commercial levels are characterized by larger format uses with smaller commercial uses at the ground level to engage passersby. The third level allows for more flexible uses including service commercial uses, medical dental offices and institutional uses such as education and training facilities.”

    Monday, November 14, 2016

    Escala and Triomphe on Gilmore

    The eastern street front of Gilmore Ave is about to dramatically change as two developments are now progressing.  The Triomphe project by Millennium Development at the southeast corner of Halifax and Gilmore is replacing the old International Sausage House which has been demolished.

    Across Halifax on the north side, the Escala site has been excavated.  Escala is being built by Ledingham McAllister along Gilmore Ave to Douglas Rd.

    The showroom on Gilmore titled, 'Seasons'is for the the low-rise development by Ledmac on the north side of Lougheed Hwy across the street from Rev's Bowling.

    View to Metrotown

    This unobstructed view to Metrotown from the Sears rooftop will no longer exist by 2020.

    Tuesday, November 8, 2016

    Amacon's 'The Dawson' at full height

    The Dawson development by Amacon has reached it's full height.  The sold-out low-rise building will sit atop a commercial front slated to be a restaurant on the southwest corner of Dawson St and Willingdon Ave.  The restaurant is yet to be named.

    Sunday, November 6, 2016

    Koby's Produce Town ownership change

    I had earlier posted that Koby's was closing down because their stock of produce was low as the shelves were more than half empty.

    Driving along Rosser Ave tonight, I was pleasantly surprised that Koby's Produce Town is still open.   When I asked the person at the counter, I was told that it was taken over by new owners and that what I had seen earlier was the transition.  Noticing that there was still no kimchi in the cooler, I had to ask.  Luckily, their supplier will soon be delivering the good stuff.

    Tuesday, October 18, 2016

    Willingdon Greenway concerns raised

    As the proposed Willingdon Greenway linking Brentwood Town Centre and Willingdon Heights continues to move forward, a local cyclist group is raising some concerns.  The greenway will run along the the east side of Willingdon Ave between Brentlawn Drive and Hastings Street.  The current design will require cyclists and pedestrians to use the same path whereas the cycling advocacy group HUB is suggesting 2 separated paths along the greenway.

    Burnaby Now story below

    Path problems: Moreno Zanotto, a member of HUB Burnaby and the City of Burnaby’s transportation committee, is unhappy with the city’s proposed Willingdon Greenway, which would be a shared pathway for pedestrians and cyclists travelling between Brentlawn Drive and Hastings Street.   Photograph By Jennifer Gauthier

    Cyclists raise concerns about greenway proposal

    OCTOBER 6, 2016 10:59 AM

    Cycling advocates in Burnaby are standing firm against a proposed shared pathway that would link the future Brentwood development to Hastings Street.
    HUB Burnaby, the local branch of a non-profit organization that promotes cycling in the community, is calling on the City of Burnaby to rethink the design for its proposed Willingdon Greenway.
    The current design is a 1.2-kilometre multi-use pathway that would be accessible to both pedestrians and cyclists. It’s proposed to run from Brentlawn Drive to Hastings Street, connecting Brentwood Town Centre to the north part of the city.
    There are already several similar urban trails throughout the city.
    In the past, HUB Burnaby has sat back as the paths were constructed, but enough is enough, according to Moreno Zanotto, a HUB Burnaby member and a representative on the city’s transportation committee.
    “Their effectiveness is predicated on their non-use. So as long as pedestrian volumes stay really low and cyclist’ volumes stay really low, they can work, but as soon as those numbers start increasing, the number of conflicts between road users explodes,” Zanotto told the NOW.
    The main concerns with the proposed Willingdon Greenway are safety and growth of transportation modes like cycling and walking, Zanotto said.
    Chances of a collision are especially high with cyclists travelling at higher speeds than pedestrians and even more so if they’re forced to dodge other obstacles along the four-metre-wide path, including benches, park spaces and art pieces as proposed, Zanotto said.
    A shared path will also discourage prospective cyclists from using the greenway as a commuter route, he added.
    Currently, less than one per cent of trips within the City of Burnaby are made by bike, and it’s been that way for at least the past 30 years, according to research conducted by HUB using data from TransLink. During that time, the city has focused on urban trails, Zanotto said.
    “It’s not an effective facility in increasing cycling, and we’re not seeing growth,” he said. “We need a new approach.”
    Zanotto, who lives in the Heights, said he wouldn’t use the proposed greenway unless it was the only option. Instead, he and other cyclists in the area prefer the Sea-to-River Parkway that runs north to south along Carleton Avenue.
    What he’d like to see along the Willingdon corridor is a separated bike lane like those in Vancouver or European countries like the Netherlands.
    “They’re not only safer, they represent really good choices for encouraging cycling,” Zanotto said.
    HUB Burnaby is currently circulating a petition asking the City of Burnaby to build a separated cycle path on the Willingdon Greenway. The petition is aiming for 100 signatures before it's presented to council. So far, 21 people have signed. To sign the petition and learn more about what HUB's proposal for the greenway, click here.
    On Sept. 14, the City of Burnaby held an open house to provide residents with more information regarding the proposed Willingdon Greenway.
    The NOW contacted the City of Burnaby for details on when the project would go before council but have yet to hear back.

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