Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Prep for excavation begins at Brentwood

Pavement is being stripped away to set up the excavation that will kick off construction of Phase 1 of the Brentwood Mall Redevelopment.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Access to Brentwood Station reduced to Lougheed Hwy

This morning I noticed that access to Brentwood Station from the mall parking lot has been closed off.  Attendants were out in full force this morning to inform pedestrians that access to the station is available only from Lougheed Hwy.

 One can see machinery on either side of the ramp that leads to the station.

Furthermore, the Halifax and Alpha entrances to the Mall have also been closed to vehicles and pedestrians.

The Brentwood Mall website has the following map showing the available entrances to the Mall site:

The only accesses are just north of Halifax between Halifax and Brentlawn and the existing entrances on Beta Ave.

Speaking of entrances, in addition to the future light-controlled intersection at Alpha and Lougheed, it appears that a new tunnelled entrance is in the works.  A section just east of Alpha has been marked off with rounded sidewalk corners on either side of what appears to be a future tunnel entrance into the mall site.

The tunnel will enter there and, according to markings on the surface of the parking lot east of the closed Alpha entrance, the tunnel will proceed west towards the plaza area past the current site of the McDonald's/BMO storefront.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

4-way stop at Beta and Brentlawn

Within 2 weeks of the City of Burnaby approving the recommendation by the Traffic Safety Committee, a 4-way stop was installed on Brentlawn Drive yesterday.  The efforts of Brentlawn Drive resident Matthew Senf were instrumental in getting this latest safety improvement.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bus loop gone

The dismantling of the Brentwood Bus Loop began yesterday.  By today few remnants of it exist at Willingdon and Halifax.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Brentwood bus loop fenced off

Although the Brentwood bus loop closed earlier this year, you could still see people having a rest at the benches there.  That was until  a few days ago when the entire area from Halifax Street along Willingdon to Brentwood Station was fenced off into 1 large site in preparation for the removal of the old bus loop structure and for its excavation.  That site will see Brentwood One and the massive Entertainment Plaza take shape as part of Phase One of the Brentwood Mall Redevelopment.

To the east, the old site of the IHOP and Kin's Market has been torn up and fenced off in preparation for building underground parking and a tunnel system there.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Changing view from the food court

The view from the food court has seen a new addition to the skyline when looking out towards Halifax Street and Willingdon Avenue as the Aviara project at Douglas and Halifax continues along.  The current view will dramatically change as the first phase of the Brentwood Mall Redevelopment unfolds over the next 3 years.  The corner of Halifax and Willingdon where the old Bus Loop sits will be the site of the first high-rise tower (Brentwood One) that recently sold out on the first day of sales.