Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Monday February 13, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Lumina Brentwood ads appearing

The Lumina Brentwood project at the south foot of Beta Ave is beginning to rev up its promotions. As the site is now seeing the demolition of existing buildings for excavation.   The site will also have its sales centre located there.

 The development will be situated across Beta Ave from the upcoming Concord Brentwood project and will eventually see a pedestrian overpass connecting Beta Ave over the railway tracks to Still Creek Ave and Costco to the south.

Lumina Brentwood in Burnaby will seamlessly merge urban living with the great outdoors


Brentwood is one of Burnaby’s most desirable neighbourhoods, and developer THIND Properties Ltd. has plans to make it even more exciting. This spring it will be introducing Lumina Brentwood, a four-tower residential community that will provide a close connection to both nature and the city.
With prices starting in the $380,000s, Lumina Brentwood will offer the best value in the Brentwood area by far. A wide selection of one-, two- and three-bedroom homes will be available, and with nine-foot ceilings and expansive windows, all will feel incredibly spacious. Other modern touches will include air conditioning and a full-size stainless steel Bosch appliance set. In short, all the ingredients for comfortable contemporary living will be on hand.
Of course, part of Lumina Brentwood’s appeal will be its convenient location in the Brentwood neighbourhood. Located on Beta Street just south of Lougheed Highway, the residential community will be within walking distance of a huge number of urban amenities, from shopping at Brentwood Mall and Whole Foods to dining at restaurants like Cactus Club. And, as mentioned, plenty of outdoor activities will be easily accessible — you’ll be able to cycle along the Central Valley bike path, ski at Grouse and Seymour mountains or canoe at Buntzen Lake.
If you ever do need to venture further afield, that won’t be a problem. Lumina Brentwood will be incredibly close to the SkyTrain, meaning that Vancouver, Surrey and Coquitlam won’t be far.
THIND Properties Ltd. will be opening a presentation centre for Lumina Brentwood this spring, and it will come complete with three fully furnished showhomes. To be among the first to receive updates and new information, be sure to click here to register.
For more information visit the website here.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Scariest spot to stand; Beta and Lougheed

As the photos and following video show, the most dangerous spot for pedestrians is the island on the northwest corner of Beta Ave and Lougheed Hwy.  Pedestrians wishing to cross from or to there are essentially offered no protection from unsafely driven vehicles.  I myself alone have witnessed several  near collisions of vehicles into the island and nothing prevents vehicles from going right through the island and killing anyone unfortunate enough to be standing there.

The photos below show broken parts of a vehicle that probably collided into the light or sign post there.

The only real solution to this hazard is the placement of short, evenly-spaced steel posts along the perimeter of the island with enough space for wheelchair access. The barriers may not prevent flying car parts from injuring pedestrians but would certainly prevent pedestrians from being run over by a car.

If you don't believe me, watch the video below of what happened during the heavy snow and icy conditions.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Brentwood Station to Arbutus Station

TransLink has revealed the route for the future Broadway Line extension to Arbutus Street.   By choosing to extend it from the Millennium Line from VCC Clarke instead of starting it at Commercial Broadway, TransLink has made the right decision.  It would not have made any sense to start tunnelling from Commercial Broadway when they could save hundreds of millions of dollars by beginning the tunnelling further west at Main Street.  Now time will tell if there is an appetite to just go ahead and continue the extension past Arbutus all the way to UBC sooner than later.

TransLink image below

Full CBC article link - CBC article below)

TransLink reveals plans for Broadway SkyTrain,

Surrey LRT

Broadway line will be an extension of the Millenium Line from VCC Station to Arbutus Street

CBC News Posted: Jan 17, 2017 10:32 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 17, 2017 12:53 PM PT

TransLink will begin public consultation in late January on two new train lines planned for Metro Vancouver, the transit authority announced today.
Consultations on the Broadway extension of the Millennium Line will begin Jan. 28.
Consultations on the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT project will begin Jan. 24.
The regional transit authority also says it will be doubling SeaBus service on Sundays and holidays and adding more frequent service at peak times on the Expo, Millennium and Canada lines as part of the first phase of its 10-year plan.
TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond said the service improvements announced today are the first of many the transit authority plans to roll out every three months for the next few years.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said the plan is the biggest investment in regional transit since 2009, when the Canada Line was built.

"This is really comprehensive improvement around the region," Robertson said. "That's why the mayors supported it so strongly, because it will make a difference in every community across Metro Vancouver."

Millennium Line extended out Broadway

The Broadway Extension will extend the Millennium Line  from its current VCC endpoint southwest to Broadway and Main, and then west to Arbutus Street.
Previously officials had proposed extending the line all the way west to UBC, but Desmond said it was important to relieve pressure on the 99 B-Line route as soon as possible.
"Will rail eventually get to UBC? I'd say that's probably a good chance," Desmond told reporters at a press conference Tuesday. "When? I don't know. But for now, we need to get to Arbutus [and] relieve a lot of crowding on the bus service."
Robertson said the Metro Vancouver Mayors' Council's 10-year vision does include the possibility of extending that line to UBC, but planning would not begin until near the end of that 10-year vision.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Muji entering Vancouver retail market

I have already mentioned Japanese retailer, Uniqlo as a potential retailer that could be a fit in the Amazing Brentwood development and Uniqlo has been said to be preparing to enter Metrotown. Now there is word that another Japanese retailer, Muji is looking at entering the Vancouver retail scene. Shape Properties should have its eyes on this retailer as a potential retail tenant.

Vancouver Sun article below

Asian retail giant Muji likely to enter Vancouver next year

Posted On: December 4, 2016 | Last Updated: December 4, 2016 7:49 PM PST

With Vancouver’s retail sector continuing to outperform other Canadian markets, one industry observer says the city can expect an explosion of new brands, both international and domestic, in the coming year, with a prominent Asian retailer leading the way.

That would be Japanese clothing and accessories brand Muji, which is expected to come to Vancouver in 2017, said Craig Patterson, editor-in-chief of industry publication Retail Insider. Muji, known for its minimalist goods, operates about 300 stores outside of Japan, including three in Toronto, its only Canadian presence to date.
“I don’t know where Muji is (looking to locate in Vancouver) just yet, but I think it’s safe to say the Vancouver market will be seeing an announcement very soon,” Patterson said. “I’m actually surprised Muji didn’t enter Vancouver first. It might have just been because of a real-estate play, but Vancouver to me would have made more sense as a market because the brand awareness for Muji is higher.”
Officials from Muji Canada could not be reached for comment.
Vancouver’s retail market, driven by wealthy locals, tourists taking advantage of the devalued Canadian dollar, and new immigrants, currently ranks as Canada’s top location in terms of annual sales-per-square-foot at more than $1,000. Toronto sits second at around $860.
“Vancouver is a very young retail market and many brands have not yet opened street stores,” said Mario Negris, executive vice president of CBRE’s retail group in Vancouver. “We anticipate a vast number of new entrants into the downtown retail landscape. … In the mid-market, we anticipate a revitalization on streets such as Robson and Granville as larger international users solidify locations in the market.”
Patterson, when asked about brands other than Muji that could come to Metro Vancouver next year, said their may be as many as 30 brands looking at the city.
“I can go on for an hour,” he said, noting that Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre — one of Canada’s most lucrative malls — provides a good example for Vancouver, given the similar consumer demographics. “You can actually go to the floor plan of Yorkdale, see who’s opening, and kind of see who’s coming to Vancouver. Yorkdale and Toronto’s Eaton Centre are the two malls that usually get the first stores in Canada for a lot of brands.”
That is because, despite Vancouver’s high sales number, the city continues to suffer from a relative lack of space. According to recent data from the Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity at Ryerson University, Vancouver’s per-capita mall space (at 11.4 square feet for every person living in the region) falls far behind the same figure for not only Toronto (at 16.4), but also Alberta (15.2 for Calgary, 16.2 for Edmonton).
That is why, according to Patterson, brands such as Forever 21 and Victoria’s Secret actually chose Alberta as their first Canadian locations. But Vancouver, he noted, continues to hold an edge as the preferred entry point for luxury brands: Jaeger-LeCoultre, St. Laurent, Rolex, Delvaux and Berluti, for instance.
Vancouver also has another demographic advantage for certain retailers, one that makes sense for Muji and other Asian retailers: The city’s large population of residents with links to Asia means that well-known brands from that market have a built-in recognition. Patterson said that is why another major Japanese brand, clothing retailer Uniqlo, may also be looking to come to the city.
“Vancouver is unquestionably going to get one (Uniqlo outlet). … Given that it is already in Toronto with two stores, Vancouver is almost a no-brainer,” Patterson said of Uniqlo. “It’s just a matter of when they can find the real estate. You will likely see them going into some of Vancouver’s best real estate. So they’re probably looking at somewhere in, or near, Pacific Centre, and they will look at a mall that does high sales per square-foot. You won’t see them trailblazing.”
Ironically, many of the brands that have not expressed interest in Vancouver are Canadian. Patterson said that, while Vancouver’s own Aritzia started the Babaton brand, it chose Toronto for its first standalone location. Another popular brand, Canada Goose, also has not expressed interest despite doing record-breaking business at its new standalone store at Yorkdale, which opened recently.
But Patterson said other names are lining up for potential openings in 2017. Among those are coffee boutique Nespresso (possibly in Oakridge), H&M’s COS brand, European apparel retailers Reiss, Sandro and Maje, as well as New York-based eyewear retailer Warby Parker.
“Just given the strength of Vancouver, you’d have to have a catastrophic event to stop retailers from looking at the region,” he said. “Let’s just say that, if I was an international retailer, Vancouver would definitely be in my sights.”

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.

Posted on 

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.