Lougheed's turn to become high First came metrotown, then the towers at edmonds and brentwood. Now it's lougheed town centre's turn to be transformed by highdensity development, said burnaby mayor derek corrigan in his state of the city speech to the burnaby board of trade wednesday. "Starting now, lougheed town centre begins to transition from a mallbased economy to more compact, highdensity development,"Corrigan said. "The longawaited confirmation of skytrain's arrival offers burnaby yet another opportunity to maximize the utility http://www.agebc.com/special-occasion-dresses/evening-dresses.html of public transportation. " Burnaby city hall is in"Initial discussions"With shape properties, the owner of lougheed mall, on what form a redevelopment of the site might take.The results of the preliminary discussions will be the subject of public consultations later this year. But while the city has secured some amenities for the evergreen skytrain line's burnaby section, it was unsuccessful in its"Desperate struggle"To have the preparatory work for a future cameron street station included, corrigan said. "The provincial government refused our offer to pay 50 per cent of any additional costs, making the addition of another station in the future highly unlikely. " Meanwhile, development continues at the city's other three town centres which were planned out decades ago. "In burnaby, we don't just make plans, we follow them, which, surprisingly, makes us somewhat unique among cities,"He said. "I believe we have been able to do this because our plans are directly shaped by input from you and your neighbours, so when it comes time for implementation, there is local support. " He noted,"Our longterm commitment to our plans has helped the development community have confidence in the city's direction, leading them to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in burnaby. " Construction cranes are"Ever present around the city,"The number of development applications continue to increase, and already for 2013 city hall has issued building permits with construction values in the range of $325 million.According to a city staff report, that's up from $86.9 million over the same period last year. Look at even a sampling of the impressive list of projects underway and http://www.agebc.com/wedding-party-dresses/bridesmaid-dresses.html the numbers are perhaps not surprising. Metrotown is home to station square, which anthem developments and the beedie group is transforming from a supermarketanchored mall to a community of five towers, offices, retail, restaurants, and public gathering spaces. Ivanhoe cambridge is well on its way to completing its metrotower iii after being put on hold following the global economic downturn of a few years back.Along beresford street, intercorp's metroplace and silver and polygon's moda will eventually include the city's first"Art walk"That aims to create a vibrant streetscape. A new seniors centre next to bonsor rec centre is hearing completion as part of polygon's chancellor tower on bennett street.And the royal oak"Urban village"Is seeing a high level of construction activity with the development of numerous townhouses and lowrise projects. Over in brentwood town centre, the redevelopment of brentwood mall, also owned by shape properties, is getting closer to seeing shovels in the ground after its master plan was completed and approved by council last year. Nearby projects underway include appia development's solo district and embassy development's vantage, both which will contribute to a"Rethinking of lougheed from a highway to a roadway that, while still moving vehicles efficiently, will have street frontages on a human scale that include double rows of street trees, benches and rain gardens,"Corrigan said, noting the first example can be seen on lougheed between madison and rosser. Edmonds town centre is also seeing rejuvenation with the recent additions of tommy douglas library, the soontoopen new edmonds community centre and the proposed redevelopment of the value village site at edmonds and kingsway by cressey developments. At 48 acres, perhaps the biggest impact will come from the redevelopment of the former safeway distribution centre site by ledingham mcallister which, now dubbed the southgate neighbourhood, will soon be soliciting public input on key concepts that will guide the transformation of the site. In the southernmost section of burnaby, the big bend area, work continues on developing it as an industrial and business centre. Construction of burnaby business park along north fraser way is nearing completion.The city has also begun discussions with oxford properties on conceptual planning for a new business park on the former norampac burnaby mill site.And d.Forcier design is currently building a film projection, storage and office facility, corrigan said, noting burnaby his home to about 60 per cent of the studio space in the lower mainland. "Though the big bend area has become an engine of economic and job growth, we will continue to protect the unique agricultural community in the area, and ensure opportunities for public enjoyment of our waterfront on the fraser river. "
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