Monday, November 16, 2015

Fulton House coming to the foot of Madison

A new development is coming to the foot of Madison Avenue, south of Dawson Street.  A 41 story tower and ground-level townhouses will be proposed for a public hearing on November 24 at the City of Burnaby.

Along with Fulton House, a two-tower development at 1800 and 1900 blocks of Gilmore Ave will be proposed at the same public hearing.

(from the City of Burnaby website)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Gilmore Station Development moving along

The Gilmore Station Development (GSD) is being forwarded to the City of Burnaby and is getting coverage in the Burnaby Now (article below).

The GSD, built by Onni Group, will unfold over a period of 15 years.

Get ready for the growth of Gilmore
Jeremy Deutsch / Burnaby Now November 5, 2015 03:51 PM

In several years’ time, the Gilmore station area in Burnaby will be the hub of Brentwood Town Centre with shops, cafés and a plethora of office workers.
That’s at least the city’s concept for the future of the large piece of land in the growing neighbourhood.
The Gilmore Station Conceptual Master Plan for the Brentwood Town Centre is a grand document that sets out the future for the site as the area continues to be developed.
On Tuesday, the preliminary concepts and vision for the plan were presented to the city’s planning committee.
The Gilmore station site is 12.48 acres in size and is made up of six individual parcels – three of the properties are vacant with a portion of these sites occupied by the Gilmore SkyTrain station and guideway.
According to a staff report, the preliminary concept plan for the Gilmore station area is comprised of five different “community precincts,” each with a distinct and unique architectural and landscape expression.
The plan describes the Gilmore station area as the primary western gateway into the Brentwood Town Centre and will become “a hub of activity with a variety of open-air shopping experiences, cafés and restaurants, office space, and high-density residential opportunities, all designed around new public plazas, open spaces, and tree-lined pedestrian streets.”
“These changes will help create a new, high-quality, integrated neighbourhood in Burnaby that will be a seamless extension of existing surrounding neighbourhoods,” the report noted.
Coun. Sav Dhaliwal, a member of the planning committee, suggested the proposals in the plan will complement what’s happening in the Brentwood Town Centre development.
“I think this is a very exciting proposal master plan that’s come forward,” he told the NOW, noting the aggressive timeline to complete the plan within 15 years.
The plan also includes a commitment of 500,000 square feet of office floor space with the potential for up to one million square feet accommodating roughly 5,000 office jobs.
“This is a great place for what I see as a huge advantage for office space,” Dhaliwal said.
“This is a great opportunity to bring growth and economic prosperity to the city.”
The councillor also noted the site will belong to the citizens of Burnaby and not the strata of the development, adding the city wanted to make sure there was access to the Gilmore station from all corners of the development.
The report noted the opportunity provided by the redevelopment of the Gilmore station area is to transform the site into an activity hub centred on the Gilmore SkyTrain Station.
“The most significant goal of the Gilmore station area’s redevelopment is the achievement of a truly transit integrated development where residential, office, retail and open space uses are connected directly to the SkyTrain station,” the report stated.
The city is planning an open house later this month to get feedback.

© 2015 Burnaby Now

Friday, October 30, 2015

Still Creek history in Burnaby Now

A nice article in the Burnaby Now about the area that is now the site of Costco, the city recycling centre, and car dealerships.  The story is about Geraldine Knibb recalling her life around Still Creek before Brentwood Mall.  I wonder if the crows were there back then.

Burnaby Now article and photo below

Former resident offers glimpse into Brentwood's past
Janaya Fuller-Evans / Burnaby Now
October 1, 2015 11:01 AM

Home sweet home: Geraldine Knibb near the creek on her family’s
property at Dawson Street and Willingdon Avenue in 1944. The creek
is gonetoday, and Costco’s parking lot is located where it used to run.
   Photograph By Contributed/BURNABY NOW

Before Brentwood mall moved in, before houses sprouted up, before the streets were even paved, the Brentwood neighbourhood was a place of woodlands and creeks, according to former resident Geraldine Knibb.
“It’s just unbelievable what they’ve done in that area,” she says of the neighbourhood today, adding the SkyTrain is right where she used to turn up Alpha Avenue to get to her home. “It seems like it’s up in the heavens.”
Nowadays, Knibb lives in White Rock, where she retired with her husband. But in 1946, her father gave her husband an acre of property in the area between Willingdon and Alpha avenues, right where Brentwood Town Centre is today. Back then, there were only three houses in the area between Alpha and Beta avenues, she says – the red shack originally on her property, the house her husband built, and her sister’s home nearby. Otherwise, there was no one around, she says.
“It was all bush,” she adds.
The shack was originally owned by a First World War veteran, a bachelor, who willed it to her father, according to Knibb.
“In those days, there were all kinds of old bachelors living in that area,” she says, adding they all had an acre of land.
In 1959, developers came knocking. Brentwood Mall opened two years later.
“In those days, they didn’t tell you what they were going to develop. They just knocked on our door one night and said, ‘We don’t want your house, we just want your property,’” she says. “We were able to live in the house to ’60. By this time, the bulldozer was starting to come down, so we decided to move the house.”
The family had the house loaded on a truck and transported to Duthie Avenue and Broadway, she says. The red shack was moved to Spring Avenue and Hastings Street, and her sister’s home was moved to Grandview Highway.
Her husband was involved in developing the area. He worked as a carpenter building houses in Willingdon Heights, as well as homes and apartment buildings in Vancouver, Knibb says.
Knibb first moved to Burnaby with her parents when she was five. Born over the border in Washington, she first lived in Vancouver, and moved alongside Still Creek in 1929, she says.
“We had a little yellow house, a two-room house, and my mother and father and five children,” she says. “Our little house was right on the creek between Willingdon Avenue and the Burnaby Lake trestle.”
The children hauled water from the creek on Willingdon Avenue up to the house so their mother could wash clothes, she says.
We had quite a time down on our creek,” she adds.
But living beside a waterway wasn’t all fun and games.
“I was there when we had the flood. The creek flooded up, and it came up as high as the train tracks, and Burnaby Lake, and over as far as Douglas Road,” Knibb says. “In fact, there was a Chinese gardener who lived over on Douglas Road, and the people that got off the Burnaby Lake tram, he had to row the ones that lived down on Grandview Highway.”
The family had to move after five years because the area wasn’t good for their health, she says.
“I had a sister that died at the age of 13, and a sister that had a bad heart, and the doctor said we had to move,” Knibb says. “It was damp down there, it was all peat moss.”
Burnaby planned to dredge Still Creek at the time, so they traded her father for an acre of land on Dawson Street and Willingdon Avenue, according to Knibb.
Today, the Keg and Costco sit on the property her family owned on Dawson Street, and a creek that divided the property is gone, she says.
But it’s not just the homes and waterways and woods that Knibb misses from her childhood – it’s the people, she says.
“I find it really sad because there’s not one soul… I just love to talk about when we lived down on the creek, and there’s not one soul living that I can laugh and say, ‘remember the good days,’” she says. “Nobody’s left.”

© 2015 Burnaby Now

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Brentwood Entertainment Plaza at street level

During my longest absence between posts, plenty of change has occurred and that change hasn't been limited to just the Brentwood area.  While our new Prime Minister will be extending Canada's credibility on the international stage, his infrastructure funds targeting Metro Vancouver will be extending Metro Vancouver's rapid transit system out towards UBC and into the Fraser Valley.  The development of mass transit infrastructure is the key to setting a framework and focus for urban planning in Metro Vancouver.

Now back to Brentwood.

Since my last post, the opening date for Whole Foods in Solo District has been moved from this month to sometime in 2016.  It's quite a surprising difference from the original planned opening but I guess all good things can't be rushed.

Solterra is moving ahead with promotional pieces on its latest development to begin on Alpha Ave south of Dawson St. (Vancity Buzz link below)

Further east near Holdom Station, the Lake City Inn is being slated for removal to make way for a new residential development between Springer Ave and Holdom Ave.  The development is being presented to the City of Burnaby by Ledingham McAllister.

International Sausage House has closed down to make way for a development at Halifax and Gilmore.

Finally, the Brentwood Mall Redevelopment is beginning to climb out of the massive pit that has marked the beginning of the highly anticipated transformation at Willingdon and Lougheed.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

October 5 opening for Whole Foods

The opening date for Whole Foods Solo District has been pushed to October 5.  The rush is on to get the finishing touches completed on the building and the inner southern  side of the storefront is beginning to take form as seen from Rosser Ave.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Scenes around Brentwood

With the recent hot spell leaving me feeling lazy, I haven't done much more than muster a few photos over the past month.  Brentwood Mall's 3rd Tower is being forwarded to public hearing and Whole Foods will be opening soon as August is soon upon us.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Dragonwood Development goes to public hearing

The Dragonwood Development, or Woodlands Development as it is referred to more recently, will be going to a public hearng at the City of Burnaby Council Chambers on July 21 at 7:00 pm.

The poster boards that will be on display at the City of Burnaby during the public hearing can be seen at the City of Burnaby website.

The following article is from the Burnaby Now.

Burnaby's Woodlands development going to public hearing

The Woodlands development, put forward by Concord Pacific, would see the industrial area which lies south of Lougheed Highway, east of Beta Avenue, west of Delta Avenue and extends south toward the rail line, replaced with residential and public space, including a park and a potential school site.

“This is a big project and one that’s been a long time coming to fruition,” Mayor Derek Corrigan said at Monday night’s council meeting.

A city staff report detailing the conceptual master plan was presented to council at the meeting.

“It is a comprehensive document that shows a major development in the eastern section of our Brentwood development plan, and these are former warehouse lands that are going to be going to residential development,” Corrigan said. “So I’m looking forward to seeing how the public responds to it.”
The plan is divided into six areas: the Lougheed parkway at the north end of the site; the hillside area which would include up to four high-rises ranging from 35 to 55 storeys; the flatlands area which would include mid-rise buildings four to 15 storeys high and two high-rise buildings ranging from 30 to 40 storeys; the parkside area northwest of the proposed park, which would include up to four high-rise buildings, ranging from 25 to 45 storeys; as well as the park and riparian areas.
The park itself would be 13.32 acres. Some suggestions for the park area include field space, water features, a children's play area, terraced seating, and there is space that could be set aside for a new elementary school for the area. The riparian area would be an extension of the park surrounding Stickleback Creek, and could include low impact trails and pathways, as well as streamside protection to improve fish passage and wildlife habitat.
James KM Cheng Architecture was hired by Concord Pacific to develop the plan.
The site includes four privately owned properties at 4756 and 4828 Lougheed Hwy and 2311 and 2316 Delta Ave.; and six city-owned properties at 4874 Lougheed Hwy; and 4818, 4828, 4829, 2235 and 2285 Dawson St.
The conceptual master plan and Phase Ia of the plan are going to public hearing in two weeks.
The hearing takes place in council chambers at city hall on Tuesday, July 21 at 7 p.m. For those who cannot attend, written submissions must be received at the city clerk’s office by 4:45 p.m. on the day of the public hearing. Burnaby council does not accept submissions regarding rezoning applications after public hearings.
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