Transforming Surrey with LRT – City Releases New Video

The City of Surrey has released a new video on their YouTube Channel promoting the upcoming Guildford-Newton LRT line. The line, which is expected to begin construction as early as next year, and be complete by 2023, is being used as a catalyst to transform Surrey, rather than simply move people from A-B.

Drawing from precedent in many European cities, street-level LRT has the ability to transform streetscapes and the public realm into more pedestrian-oriented, attractive places that attract businesses, gathering, and higher density housing. Compared to SkyTrain which cuts through communities disconnected from street-level, on obtrusive concrete guideways, LRT helps build communities along its route, becoming a part of those communities.

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Vision for 104 Avenue – To be repurposed from an auto-oriented corridor to a multi-modal, pedestrian and transit oriented corridor.
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LRT along a pedestrianized City Parkway at Central Avenue (103 Ave)
In Surrey City Centre, Newton Town Centre, and Guildford Town Centre, the LRT line will be integrated into pedestrian-only plazas, much like you would find in Europe. Along the line, 104th Avenue and King George Hwy will be transformed into multi-modal streets, instead of the 20th-century era car-oriented streets they are today. 104th Avenue and King George Boulevard will become attractive, focal streets, complete with LRT, vehicle lanes, grade-separated bike lanes, and improved sidewalks. Land-use along them will gradually develop into a continuous stretch of mixed-use mid-rise buildings set close to the street, with ground floor retail, and offices, residences above.

LRT will also add a new tier of transit to Metro Vancouver’s transit system that is currently missing, and would be appropriate for many other parts of the region as a compliment to the existing SkyTrain system which serves as more of a regional commuter rail service. LRT is best suited for servicing more localized areas, where bus service is inadequate, while connecting to the regional rail network.

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Vision for a European-Style Plaza with LRT at Newton Town Centre
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LRT along a pedestrianized City Parkway at Surrey Central Station
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Proposed LRT Routing at 102 Avenue & King George Blvd
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Proposed LRT routing along King George Blvd between 100 Ave & 102 Ave
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Proposed LRT routing at 96th Ave & King George Blvd
For more on the Guildford-Newton LRT line:
http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/15698.aspx

Photo Update: Evolve (West Village Phase 4)

WestStone Group’s Evolve project has begun to pick up pace at 133 + 103A Ave. The main tower has now reached a height of 8 floors, with pouring set to begin on the 9th floor by the end of the week. The 36-storey condo tower and accompanying 3-storey commercial building is phase 4 of the 8-phase West Village master planned neighbourhood being developed by WestStone Group. Phase 5, which will consist of a 44-storey rental tower above a 13-storey podium just east of Evolve, is expected to break ground later this year or early next. Across 133 St from Evolve work has also just begun on the new West Village Park & District Energy Centre, set to open in 2018.

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For more on Evolve:

http://evolvecondos.com/

Design for 55-Storey Education Mega Centre approved by Surrey Design Panel

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The City of Surrey’s Advisory Design Panel (ADP) has approved the design for the upcoming 55-storey Education Mega Centre, being developed by CIBT Education Group in partnership with Surrey-based WestStone Group. The height of the tower, which was previously quoted to be 50-storeys, has now been confirmed at 55-storeys, however, taking into account several double-height floors, will be the equivalent of 63-storeys reaching a total height of 625 feet. This would make the tower the tallest building in Surrey once complete, and the 2nd tallest tower in Metro Vancouver, after the Shangri-La, which is 645 Feet. The current 2nd tallest is the Trump Tower at 616 Feet.

The Education Mega Centre, was first announced back in September 2016. It will be located on City Parkway at 102 Avenue across from Surrey Central Station and next to the currently under construction 3 Civic Plaza. The Chris Dikeakos Architects designed tower will add to the growing ‘University District’ in Surrey City Centre, already home to an expanding Simon Fraser University, and soon-to-be 5-Storey KPU Campus at 3 Civic Plaza. The tower will include:

  • Approximately 15 to 20 educational institutions
  • Hotel and residential facilities for over 1,400 students and guests
  • Supporting amenities including an electronic library, cafeteria, computer centre, study areas, quiet lounges, fitness centre, yoga room, laundry room, meeting and video conference rooms, office space and a coffee/tea lounge at the 55th floor 600 feet above ground.

Now that the project has passed the design panel approval stage, it will move forward to Council for 1st & 2nd readings when Council returns from summer break on September 11. Further renderings and details of the project will be released at that time. The project is expected to break ground by early next year, and be complete by 2021.

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Site of proposed 55-storey Education Mega Centre
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Rendering of the proposed 55-Storey Education Mega Centre

News Release:

http://www.cibt.net/blog/2017/07/31/cibt-reports-receipt-design-panel-approval-construct-gec-education-mega-center-surrey/