Originally Posted by Dylan Leblanc
Here's a new tower for Brentwood that Hollywoodnorth mentioned in the Suburban Updates thread.
It's located on the site of the old Canadian Tire on the Lougheed Highway and Rosser Avenue.
The architect is Chris Dikeakos Architects and the developer is Embassy Development Corporation, the same team that designed and built the neighbouring Renaissance Towers.
Sales website is http://www.vantagebyembassy.com/
Beautiful tower and I like the greenery, this area could use more greenery as there is a lot of concrete and pavement everywhere. And from the artist's rendering it looks like there will be townhomes or storefronts along lougheed, you can see it in the bottom left. But i think the image is a bit deceiving as to space at ground level, the lot is fairly big but it isn't huge by any stretch. Adding more townhomes really wouldn't increase the density by much but would drastic reduce the livability of the complex.
By industrial land south of Lougheed - you mean the land between Holdom station and Brentwood where Purolator, etc is and way south on Still Creek? I haven't seen any plans to turn that into residential. I think Burnaby is trying to cram the skytrain with office/residential towers and at least in the medium term, will leave the rest of industrial/commercial areas alone that are closer to the freeway as those areas are too far from the skytrain and transit in general, to make it worthwhile(ie. they would need to be car-centric developments and that is the opposite of what Burnaby wants), not to mention nobody wants to live beside a railway line. Burnaby is redoing a lot of the roads in the area, including what looks like connecting Still Creek Drive together by the Costco, which would drastically improve freeway access to that entire commercial/industrial area. It also looks like Dawson will be extended east and connected up with Douglas by Purolator. Would you like me to inquire with the City of Burnaby?
The Canadian tire store(which I believe was zoned Commercial) was old, ugly, dark, and very cramped in terms of space inside the store, and it never seemed all that busy when I went by on the way to save-on or the mall. It is also very much closer to everything than the 15-20+ minute hike from a skytrain station to the industrial area. As for Canadian Tire's new location, I've never been there but from the train you can see it is new, bright, and is nestled between a bunch of other box stores like walmart, pricesmart foods, petsmart, superstore, etc - a much more visible, and I would say better, location.
I think that Burnaby would sooner convert all the paint/tile shops on Dawson between Gilmore and Willingdon into towers as that area is really close to 2 stations and major north/south transit routes on Willingdon, not to mention stores and the mall. I do know that FedEx will be moving sooner or later and is to be converted into another tower, when I don't know, there's been talk of that for at least 4-5 years. Yes I live in the area.