City Centre Infrastructure Upgrades 2017

Each year, as part of the Surrey’s Capital Construction Program, approximately 300 capital infrastructure projects related to transportation, drainage, sewer, and water improvements are constructed in the city.  Of these projects this year, the following are set to be completed in City Centre:

Arterial Paving Upgrade

King George Blvd (University Dr to 108 Ave)
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Bike Lanes Upgrade

102 Ave (University Dr to 140 St)
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New Collector Road 

103A Ave (132 St to 133 St) + 103 Ave (University Dr to City Parkway)
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New Signalized Intersection

108 Ave & City Parkway
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District Energy Network Expansion

Various Locations
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Surrey City Energy is an award-winning City-owned district energy utility that supplies high-density residential, commercial and institutional buildings in City Centre with heat and hot water.

The district energy system produces hot water at centralized facilities and then distributes this hot water by way of a dedicated pipe system to heat buildings throughout various City Centre districts. The system uses low GHG-emission energy sources such as:

  • Organic waste (kitchen scraps, etc.) from residential homes throughout Surrey;
  • Geoexchange from the ground;
  • Solar from the sun;
  • Biomass from clean waste wood;
  • Waste heat from buildings, industry and waste water.

For more on District Energy:
http://www.surrey.ca/community/3475.aspx

For more on City-wide Capital Construction projects in 2017:
http://www.surrey.ca/files/CapitalConstructionBook.pdf

Street Lighting Upgrade to LED

All roads in City Centre
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As part of Surrey’s LED Roadway Lighting Upgrade program which began in 2016, the City Centre will continue to have its street lighting upgraded to a modern LED system in 2017. This new lighting system replaces the current orange coloured ‘high pressure sodium (HPS)’ street lights currently in use both in Surrey, and much of the world, with new white coloured LED lighting that provides superior lighting quality, energy, and cost savings.  Surrey will be one of the first cities in Canada to convert its street lighting to LED. The program is to be implemented citywide over the next 5 years.

In addition to the 28,000 streetlight poles in Surrey, there are 9,000 roadway lights installed on BC Hydro power poles. These are owned and maintained by BC Hydro with the City paying an annual lease rate. BC Hydro is currently reviewing conversion of their roadway lights to LED and is expected initiate conversion in 2017.

For more information on the upgrades:
http://www.surrey.ca/bylawsandcouncillibrary/CR_2016-R268.pdf

To view the progress of street lighting upgrades so far:
https://surrey.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/f10f66dac9094bfa979f3475db63a1ff

Tien Sher submits application for new 5-Storey residential development

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A new development application has been submitted by Tien Sher Group for a 5-storey 122 unit condo building at 13660 Grosvenor Rd on the corner of Whalley Blvd. This application adds to Tien Sher’s growing presence in the neighbourhood, having already developed the 4-6 storey Quattro development at 108th & Whalley Blvd, the 4-storey Balance development on Grosvenor Rd, and the 5-storey, under-construction Venue development on 108th Avenue. Tien Sher also has under application their landmark 41, 35, 30, and 28-storey mixed-use development on the south-east corner of 108th & King George Blvd, which is expected to proceed in phases over the next decade.

At this time, there are no further details on the latest 5-storey development, but it appears based on the application that the building is being proposed as entirely residential with no retail component. Tien Sher’s previous Quattro development a block away provides a precedent as to the built form this project is likely to take. Given the project’s location, it is possible that the City will request that ground-level retail be included along Whalley Blvd similar to Quattro. It would make sense in this location, given the site’s proximity to 108th and King George, and existing commercial land-use directly across the street.

As proposed, this project will continue the 5-6 storey street wall established along Whalley Blvd by Quattro to the south, and add to the densification of the area in the vicinity of Gateway Station. The site is designated low-mid rise 2.5 FAR under the City Centre Plan.

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Site of proposed 5-Storey development at Grosvenor Rd & Whalley Blvd

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Tien Sher’s Quatto Development at 108th & Whalley Blvd

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Overview of Tien Sher development projects in the vicinity

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Tien Sher’s proposed 41, 35, 30 & 28-Storey mixed-use development currently under application at 108th & King George.

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Subject Site in relation to other Tien Sher projects in area.