Excavation got underway this week for Rize Alliance’s 28-storey Linea at 104 Avenue and 133 Street. Linea is phase 2 to its predecessor and twin ‘Wave’ which was completed in 2015. Upon completion, both towers will stand at 28-storeys and feature the same signature curved balconies and orange accents.
In addition to the new tower, Linea will also improve the streetscapes along 133 Street and 104 Avenue with new street-oriented townhouses, add a common outdoor amenity area between the 2 towers, and create a new north-south lane to the east of the site. Completion is expected by early 2022.
Early last year, work began on the 105 Avenue Connector and Hawthorne Park Improvements project. The purpose of the project was to improve connectivity between City Centre and Guildford through a new multi-modal collector road, as well as deliver numerous improvements to Hawthorne Park – including improved accessibility, a new aquatic habitat, and increasing the park’s overall size.
Since then, Phase 1 of the project, including the 105A Connector between Whalley Blvd and 144 Street has mostly completed, with some finishing touches remaining between 139 Street and 140 Street. The new 105A Avenue is a multi-modal corridor featuring 2 vehicle lanes, grade separated bike lanes, sidewalks, boulevards, fencing, and enhanced pedestrian-oriented street lighting. The route offers pedestrians and cyclists a pleasant alternative to 104 Avenue, skirting the edge of Hawthorne Park and continuing west past 140th Street into City Centre.
Below is a small photo tour of the new 105A and park improvements.
Happy 2019! As we enter the new year, it’s time for this blog to take its annual look what’s ahead for development in Surrey City Centre over the coming year.
2018 in Review
A total of 6 new projects began construction in 2018 – representing 5 high-rises (>6 storeys) and 3 low-rises (4-6 storey). These included:
Park Boulevard | Condo | 42 Storeys
King George Hub (Phase B) | Condo, Office, Retail | 15, 29 + 40 Storeys
City Centre 3 | Office, Retail | 10 Storeys
La Voda | Condo | 6 Storeys
Fraser Landmark | Condo | 6 Storeys
Maverick | Condo | 5 Storeys
New Development Applications
Aside from new construction underway, 2018 saw a surge in new development applications. Looking back at the past 3 years, the number of new high-rise development applications submitted in 2018 was double that of 2017, and triple that of 2016. Overall, a total of 23 new applications were submitted in City Centre for both high-rise and low-rise development representing 21 high-rises (>6 storeys) and 10 low-rises (4-6 storeys). This is the highest number of development applications submitted in a single year in City Centre’s history, and included:
With the surge in new development applications in 2018, and many projects making it through the approvals process, 2019 and the next few years could bring record construction in City Centre. As we enter 2019, numerous projects are already in the marketing stage, and could begin construction by the end of the year, assuming market conditions remain favourable.
Potential Construction Starts 2019
One Central | Mixed-Use | 44 Storeys
Park George | Condo | 35 + 39 Storeys
University District (Phase 2) | Mixed-Use | 28 + 37 Storeys
King George Hub (Phase C) | Rental | 34 Storeys
Avani Centre | Hotel, Condo | 30 Storeys
Georgetown (Phase 1) | Mixed-Use | 30 Storeys
Linea | Condo | 28 Storeys
The Holland | Condo | 25 Storeys
Veterans Village (Phase 1) | Mixed-Use | 26 Storeys
Centra | Condo | 23 Storeys
Camilla Residences | Seniors Housing | 5 Storeys
14008 108 Avenue | Condo | 5 Storeys
Parker by Mosaic | Condo | 4 Storeys
Aside from construction starts, the following projects are expected to complete in 2019:
Expected Construction Completions 2019
Prime on the Plaza| Mixed-Use | 37 Storeys
Evolve | Mixed-Use | 36 Storeys
SFU Sustainable Energy + Environmental Engineering Bldg | 5 Storeys
HQ by Porte| Condo | 6 Storeys
Aspire| Condo | 6 Storeys
Surrey Central SkyTrain North Station House
West Village Park + District Energy Centre
New Development Applications in 2019
If the trend over the past 3 years is any indication, 2019 could be another strong year for development applications in City Centre. Many projects are known to be in the planning stages, but yet to submit applications. Will 2019 see a continued surge in development applications, a levelling off, or a slow down compared to 2018? We shall see over the next 12 months.
For more info on all active development applications in City Centre: