Sunday, July 5, 2015

Koby's Town Produce now open

When Kin's Farm Market closed at Brentwood Mall, the nearest places to get produce were Save-on-Foods, Costco or Buy-Low Foods at Parkcrest Plaza.  As of late June, Koby's Produce Town can be added to list of places to buy produce.  I was able to snap the picture below as they were closing up at 8:30pm.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

No Vote = more delays = more costs for taxpayers

It is official; the electorate has voted overwhelmingly "No" in the TransLink Referendum.  It is also now official that we will pay more for transit infrastructure expansion and improvements and it will take longer for those improvements to arrive.  In essence, the very electorate that voted down the P.S.T. increase is a representation of the TransLink Board itself.  Like the costly lack of foresight constantly exhibited by TransLink officials, the electorate has shown a lack of foresight that will cost us much more in the short and long term.

I have already pointed out how a "No" vote would be more costly (TransLink Referendum).

One of the next inevitable options will be road and bridge pricing.  Whereas with a PST hike everyone would have contributed to transit development, only car users will pay with road pricing, leaving those that solely use public transit off the hook (other than the fares that they pay, at least ones that actually pay in the first place).  

As for those that voted "No" because they only drive everywhere they go anyways; 

Way to go, you will be the only ones paying for transit improvements once road pricing kicks in.

This following board promoting the Compass fare gate system is posted on the Canada Line at Sea Island Station YVR. and it sums us up perfectly.  I took a photo of it last month.  The Compass system was scheduled to be operational during the Fall of 2013.

While transit systems around the world are constantly improving on their already superior service on a scales that make ours look like a joke, we are unable to come up with competent officials and secure funding to just run what little we have.  Why do we have so little?  That question should be aimed at our so-called "leaders" of all political stripes.

Gilmore Station development phases

According to an online retail leasing brochure at, Phase 1 of the Gilmore Development will be situated at Gilmore Ave and Lougheed Hwy with phases 2 and 3 focusing on Carlton Ave and Dawson Street.

Undertaken by Onni Group the development will include "Carleton Plaza" which will be a main pedestrian access point to the site.

Major changes eyed for Burnaby's Gilmore Station

Wanda Chow / Burnaby NewsLeader
July 29, 2014 12:00 AM

The Onni Group is planning a major redevelopment around the Gilmore SkyTrain station that will turn it into a "gateway" to the Brentwood Town Centre area.
The developer has applied for a rezoning to establish a conceptual master plan and a detailed first phase of development.
The property, identified as 4161 and 4171 Dawson St. and 4120, 4160, 4170 and 4180 Lougheed Highway, is almost 12.5 acres and located on the east side of Gilmore Avenue between Lougheed and Dawson.
While six of the parcels are vacant, two are home to light-industrial and office buildings and the largest is occupied by two mid-rise office buildings built in 1982.
A portion is taken up by the Millennium line SkyTrain station built in 2003.
Onni is proposing a highrise, mixed-use residential and commercial development with a substantial office component.
It also proposes building a new public road linking Dawson to Lougheed on the site to improve access to the station and pedestrian-oriented retail on Dawson, said a city staff report.
The Brentwood Town Centre Development Plan adopted by council in 1996 designates the site for high-rise housing and business park development "with a high office use component."
n 2002, the former owner of the property, Standard Life Assurance Company, received rezoning approval in principle for a proposed mid- and high-rise office project.
It was to be a new regional office for Standard Life and to include over one million square feet of office space.
It also included a smaller multi-family and mixed use component along Dawson.
But the rezoning never moved forward to final approvals "with the applicant citing changes in the office market which made the proposal no longer economically feasible," the report said.
Between 2004 and 2010 Standard Life tried to amend the redevelopment concept but one suitable to be forwarded to council never materialized.
The company sold the site to Onni last year.
The aim is to create a "mixed-use gateway" into Brentwood Town centre that's been long expected, the report said.
"While Burnaby has become a model for transit oriented development, including the Master Plan concepts for Brentwood and Lougheed Malls, the subject site is one of few within the region that have the opportunity to be fully integrated with SkyTrain at ground level, mezzanine level and potentially at track level, providing unprecedented access to transit by residents, employees, patrons and the surrounding community," it said.
"With this opportunity in mind, the Gilmore SkyTrain Station was purposefully scaled back in its form and materiality, so that in the future it could be fully integrated with surrounding development."
Burnaby's planning department will work with Onni on a concept and Phase 1 development plan. When it's complete, it will go to a future public hearing.

© Copyright Burnaby NewsLeader 2015 - 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Willingdon linear park coming in 2016

According to the City of Burnaby website, the development of a pedestrian/cyclist oriented linear park connecting Brentwood Town Centre and Burnaby Heights will begin in 2016.  The north-south linear park will be situated on the eastern side of Willingdon, beginning at Brentlawn Drive and ending at Pender Street.  The City recently approved the demolition of a City-owned house at 4504 Napier Street to make way for the park.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Talk of Trattoria in Brentwood

The latest renderings of the Brentwood Mall Redevelopment have begun to show the name, "Trattoria" restaurant.  The article below has confirmed that Glowbal Collection of Restaurants is in discussions to possibly open a new Trattoria in Brentwood by 2017 at the earliest.

Vancouver restaurant scene gets lucrative vote of confidence from Glowbal

CEO Emad Yacoub has growth plans with eye to making a $100-million-a-year business
By Bruce Constantineau, Vancouver Sun December 19, 2013

VANCOUVER — Emad Yacoub couldn’t be more bullish about the future of Vancouver’s restaurant industry.
The energetic CEO of the Glowbal Collection of Restaurants plans to open four new eateries and a new cocktail lounge by the end of 2015 — open he expects will help boost company revenues from $40 million a year to $60 million a year.
“I have a very strong belief that the next six or seven years in B.C. will be amazing growth years,” Yacoub said in an interview. “All my construction industry friends are investing a lot in the industry now and that will filter through to our sector so we want to hit the ground running next year.”
The Glowbal group will soon add substantially to its current stable of eight restaurants, two lounges and two takeout establishments.
Two new Trattoria restaurants — emulating the popular mid-priced Trattoria outlet that opened on West Fourth Avenue in 2008 — will open next year. The first is under construction at Park Royal in West Vancouver and is to open the spring. Yacoub expects the Park Royal location will become a $6-million-a-year operation — attracting shoppers, soccer moms and family diners, among others.
The second new Trattoria will open in a new Bosa Properties project at Kingsway and Willingdon in Burnaby in December 2014.
Yacoub already talking to Brentwood Mall officials about opening a Trattoria outlet in the Burnaby mall by 2017 or 2018.
Much of Glowbal’s near-term growth will be tied to the $750-million Telus Garden office-residential-retail development, scheduled for completion at Robson and Richards by 2015. Glowbal will open a casual market restaurant in the complex late next year. Shortly after that, it will open anew 15,000-square-foot flagship restaurant with 300 indoor seats and a 150-seat patio in Telus garden. It will bookend that with a cocktail lounge by late 2015.
Glowbal is investing millions in its three Telus Garden operations. Yacoub said big investments are necessary to seriously pursue the best new business opportunities.
He said the Yaletown market has changed considerably since Glowbal opened its first restaurant there — the Glowbal Grill — in 2002.
“When I first went to Yaletown, there were just four or five restaurants, but now there are 32 and everybody nibbles at everybody else’s business,” Yacoub said. “It almost doesn’t matter how good you are now.
“Tourism is 30 per cent of the Vancouver restaurant business and when tourists walk the streets, they don’t realize which restaurants are good and which ones are bad. So you’re fighting a losing battle.”
He said about 4,300 people work in the Yaletown neighbourhood, while Telus Garden alone will house almost 5,000 employees.
“I’d be an idiot not to go in there and secure all the (restaurant) locations,” said Yacoub.
The 49-year-old, hands-on restaurateur — who was recently named the Canadian Restaurateur of the Year at the 25th annual Pinnacle Awards — felt it was time to slow down his working pace two years ago.
But then he saw his company struggle a bit and realized if he backed away from the business, it might only survive for another 10 years.
“So I felt I had to put my feet back in the fire,” Yacoub said.
He adopted a gluten free diet, took up regular exercise and dropped 25 pounds so he could be at his physical best to take Glowbal to the next level, which he envisions as a $100-million-a-year company.
“I understand that the decisions I have to make now are just pure business decisions, not decisions based on emotions, which I have done in the past,” Yacoub said. “Now I’m acting more as a CEO, which means making hard decisions sometimes but decisions that only make the company stronger.”
© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun

Monday, June 1, 2015

Dawson and Willingdon cleared for development

The site at the corner of Willingdon Avenue and Dawson Street has been cleared to make way for a low-rise complex with a street-level restaurant to be built by Amacon.  There is no word yet on what kind of restaurant will go in there.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Koby's Produce Town opening on Rosser Ave

I've recently noticed that a new produce store will be arriving on the scene at the corner of Rosser Ave and Buchanan St.  Koby's Produce Town will go head-to-head with Save-On-Foods and the incoming Whole Foods across the street.  Its arrival is a definite positive for consumers that have been missing the departed Kin's Farm Market.

It appears to be an independent store as a Google search did not turn up any pages other than broken links to the City of Burnaby website with a  "page not found" message.  It is not yet known when it will open.  If anyone knows. please post the opening date in the comments below.