Time for some Coquitlam updates!
Oasis and Grand Central 2 as viewed from the Coquitlam Centre overflow lot:
Not to sure what's going on with those green panels on the podium of Oasis but I'm not a fan. This seems to be a trend by Onni (remember a few days ago when we were all whining about the spandrel-fest on the podium of The Mark?):
At least it can't be accused of being a stubby tower:
The office building really gives this corner of Glen and Pacific Avenue quite the urban feel:
Looking down Glen:
The excavation of the M2 site is now in full-swing, as M1 is pretty much complete:
Sadly, despite all this residential action, the state of the new retail in the area isn't keeping up. I should have counted just for kicks, but at least 75% of all the new retail spaces in the area have become hair salons or dental offices. The area's only cafe (and quite a good one) was recently squeezed out by skyrocketing property values increasing the amount of tax they have to pay - its replacement: a pharmacy/medical clinic. NCIX, Urban Gate (a fantastic Persian restaurant/grocery store), Kin's Farm Market, a Korean restaurant, and a cupcake place are the only non hair/dental business to survive. It might help if developers stopped building all the retail on spec (some of them are quite unhappy about building any commercial space at all, and are just doing the bare minimum required by the city), and also if property taxes for businesses in the area are frozen at 2011 levels to prevent them from being pounded by the property value hikes which will only increase in intensity as the Evergreen Line nears. Or we might just have to wait until the mall redevelops and integrates into the Town Centre area.