Sunday, April 16, 2017

Brentwood One April, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Which grocery name is next?

With Whole Foods having established itself in the Solo District as the 3rd major grocery store in the Brentwood area after Costco and Save-On-Foods, the question now arises of which grocery store will set up in the Amazing Brentwood location at Beta and Lougheed and later at the Concord Brentwood location on Dawson Street after Loblaw recently announced a store expansion.

Loblaws recently announced an expansion of stores across Canada and Brentwood would certainly make sense although Loblaw already has a foot in the Brentwood area through the recent opening of Shoppers Drug Mart in Solo District.

Loblaws to open 30 new stores in annual expansion

Up to 10,000 jobs could be added, company says, as it spends $1.3B renovating 500 stores

CBC News Posted: Apr 13, 2017 8:38 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 13, 2017 8:38 AM ET

Grocer Loblaw Companies Ltd. plans to spend $1.3 billion renovating 500 stores and opening 30 new ones this year, in an expansion plan that will include more fresh food offering at its Shoppers Drug Mart unit.
The grocery giant has made similar expansion plans in each of the past two years, spending $1.2 billion and adding 50 stores in 2015, and another $1 billion last year to do the same while focusing on upgrading existing locations.
This year's expansion will include "the continued roll out of Click & Collect e-commerce, improved health and wellness services, and the inclusion of fresh food at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations," the company said in a release.
Across all of its retail brands, the company currently has 2,400 locations across Canada.
The company says the expansion could add up to 10,000 retail, trade and construction jobs to its existing workforce of about 200,000 employees.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Willingdon Linear Park debate continues

As the Willingdon Linear Park gets set for construction this summer, the debate over its design continues and will likely continue long after it is built.  The linear park will connect Brentwood to Burnaby Heights between Brentlawn Drive and Hastings Street along the east side of Willingdon Avenue.  Cathy Griffin of HUB Cycling wrote the following piece to the Burnaby Now last month.

OPINION: Willingdon plan lacks vision

 / Burnaby Now
March 24, 2017 09:01 AM

Anyone travelling along Willingdon Avenue in North Burnaby could not have failed to notice that over the years the City of Burnaby has accumulated properties on the east side of Willingdon north of Brentwood mall. The city recently announced its plan to develop this land into what is being called the Willingdon Linear Park: a 1.2-kilometre greenway connecting rapidly growing, high-density Brentwood Town Centre with Hastings Street, Confederation Park and community amenities such as the library, community centre and high school.
There is much to like in the plan, including landscaping, benches and public art; however, there is also a significant flaw. A single path would be shared among people walking (some with mobility aids, strollers, children or dogs) and people cycling. Drivers turning onto and off Willingdon would face cyclists crossing in both directions from a curved path set in landscaping, so potentially hidden from clear view.
Research from UBC has identified shared paths as among the most hazardous types of infrastructure for cycling. Best practices from around the world support separating people walking from those cycling, particularly in an urban environment where there will be many users and there are frequent intersections to cross.
Underlying these design issues is the lack of community consultation. A single open house was held with relatively little notification despite the fact that many thousands of Burnaby citizens will be affected and millions of taxpayer dollars are wrapped up in the project. Not only has the city neglected to adequately consult on this project, it has neglected to acknowledge and address by far the most frequent concern of those who did attend the open house: the safety and suitability of the proposed shared path. The result is a plan that neglects the needs of the people it is intended to serve.
Since 1995, Willingdon Avenue has been identified in the Burnaby Transportation Plan as a commuter cycling route, to be built when adjacent development takes place. Burnaby’s newly adopted Environmental Sustainability Strategy confirms the direction of the transportation plan, calling for making walking and cycling easier, safer and more comfortable, and emphasizes the need for high quality north/south cycling connections. However, the Jan. 17 report recommending the Willingdon Linear Park fails to even acknowledge these. Mayor Corrigan has recently stated Burnaby is developing a new transportation plan.
This is welcome news, and it raises an important question: should we, the citizens of Burnaby, be spending $8 million on a project that not only disregards our current planning policies but is even less likely to meet our new ones? 
Willingdon Avenue represents a wonderful opportunity. Taking a prudent approach and delaying implementation of a final design until the new transportation plan is completed would enable the creation of a state-of-the-art public space: one that includes not only aesthetic enhancements but also the safest and most comfortable accommodation for people walking, cycling and driving on this crucial north/south corridor.

Acting chairperson, Cathy Griffin, Burnaby Committee of HUB Cycling
© 2017 Burnaby Now

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Gilmore to Madison full on north side of Dawson Street

With the site on the northeast corner of Dawson and Madison currently under construction by Porte Development Corp, the northwest corner has already been 1 year into a proposal by Imani Development to build a 40-45 story residential tower atop a retail/office street front at 4285 Dawson Street.

This development will complete the redeveloped street front along the north side of Dawson Street between Gilmore and Madison as Onni has already initiated its Gilmore Place development just west of Imani's proposal.

Another Highrise Proposal for Brentwood Area

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On the same day that Onni is submitting a formal rezoning application for it’s first phase of 3 residential towers at Gilmore Station, another rezoning application has been filed for a site just East of Onni’s land in the rapidly developing Brentwood area of Burnaby.
The application is being made for a currently industrial property at 4285-4295 Dawson Street, at the northwest corner of Madison Avenue. The site is 56,500 SF. The site is designated in the Brentwood Town Centre Plan a mixed use high-density (RM-5s).
The preliminary proposal by Imani Development, is for a mixed use development comprised of retail, office and a highrise residential tower, to a maximum density of 6.0 FAR, with a residential density of 5.0 FAR.
The application notes that the tower height would be 431 feet, or likely around 40-45 storeys.

Monday, March 27, 2017

First hint of Brentwood Cinema location

The location of the Brentwood Cinema in the Entertainment Plaza has been revealed in Shape Properties' latest image on its Amazing Brentwood website.  The cinema will be located in the structure overlooking the Entertainment Plaza below and facing the corner of Willingdon and Lougheed atop the unevenly stacked retail space.  The interactive photo can be accessed with the following link.  It reveals the vision for the completed site when you hover the mouse arrow over the numbers.

We can expect more commercial tenant updates as we approach 2018.

Tallest tower coming to Gilmore Place

Western Canada's tallest residential tower appears to be coming to Onni's Gilmore place.  According to the article below, the first 3 towers of Phase One will include the tallest residential tower west of Toronto at 65 stories and the other 2 will stand at 55 stories.

Article and Video from Urban YVR below

Tallest residential tower in Western Canada coming to Gilmore Place

Development will bring 2,000 new homes to Gilmore SkyTrain station
March 25, 2017

A massive new development with the tallest residential tower in Western Canada is set to transform a Burnaby intersection and SkyTrain station.
Onni has begun marketing the highly-anticipated Gilmore Place, a 10-tower residential, office and retail development around the Gilmore SkyTrain station on the Millennium Line.
Phase one will include three residential towers, with the tallest “signature” tower around 65 storeys tall, making it the tallest residential tower west of Toronto. The two other towers in phase one will be around 55 storeys tall.
The signature tower will be taller than the Trump Tower, Shangri-La and upcoming Burrard Place towers in downtown Vancouver.
100,000 sq. ft. of commercial space is also proposed in the first phase, as well as an yet-to-be-determined amount of office space.

Gilmore Place will be integrated with the SkyTrain station, featuring public plazas and retail surrounding the rapid transit station.
In total, four phases are proposed at Gilmore Place, with towers in phases one, two and three between 35 and 50 storeys, as well as 500,000 sq. ft. of office space and 185,000 sq. ft. of retail.
The development is targeting a LEED Gold certification, according to City of Burnaby documents. The development’s architects are IBI Group.
The developer, Onni, describes the Gilmore Place development as follows:
Gilmore Place: a master-planned community that will transform Burnaby’s western gateway into an incredible urban hub for residents and visitors alike. Featuring Western Canada’s tallest residential tower, the seamlessly-integrated Gilmore SkyTrain Station, world-class shopping and entertainment, convenient office space and luxurious residential towers, Gilmore Place will redefine metropolitan living in one of Burnaby’s most up-and-coming neighbourhoods, Brentwood. Live above your own city centre, with stunning panoramic views, contemporary finishes, and unrivalled amenity spaces exclusive to residents.
The Brentwood area of North Burnaby is transforming, with redevelopment of the Brentwood Town Centre shopping mall by Shape Properties. When complete, “The Amazing Brentwood” will be home to 10 new towers up to 60 storeys tall, as well as a new outdoor shopping mall integrated with the SkyTrain station.
Complete build-out of the Gilmore Place development is expected to take up to 15 years.