Concord Pacific

Concord Pacific Comes to City Centre

Canada’s largest developer joins the future-forward team of community builders in Surrey’s downtown core with Park Place, its latest master-planned community. With the first two of six towers slated for completion in late June 2011, Concord Pacific will play a leading role in creating livable and sustainable urban ‘villages’ in Surrey. This strongly aligns with the City’s and community’s vision of a Live-Work-Play environment.

“In the next 20 years, more than a million people will come to the Lower Mainland and 70% will be going south of the Fraser,” says Grant Murray, VP of Sales for Concord Pacific Developments Inc. “We look at all areas that have great opportunity where we can build a whole community and City Centre is an ideal location with a clear vision for a city core, incredible amenities, spectacular views, and easy access to major arterial routes and Skytrain.

“We’re defining a different kind of lifestyle; an urban environment with highrises, parks, entertainment, shopping, performing arts, concentrated in a small area which gives vibrancy to the city core.”

“When you work with a city with a Master Plan you get to be very purposeful; a very unique situation,” says Peter Udzenija, Manager of Project Marketing, and

Project Manager for Park Place. “The 6,000 professional people coming into the Surrey city core through the RCMP, Fraser Health, and major businesses, will experience a whole new diverse urban community. We’ve been blown away by what’s going on here.”

The City’s and senior governments’ $5billion dollar investment in Surrey’s infrastructure in the last few years, including SFU, City Hall, Holland Park, hospital expansions, Central City Tower, roads upgrade, main library, rec centre, festivals, and civic plaza, has set the stage for a planned city core unique in the world.

 Concord Pacific is committed to building 2300 suites in six City Centre towers. The three-quarters-sold two current towers will reach 36 stories with 700 suites at an affordable range of prices and sizes and offer amenities like concierge, fitness, theatres, and bowling alley.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Cashes In On City Centre

Price WaterhouseCoopers is marking its hundred years of excellence serving Canada’s accounting and financial needs with a major move to Surrey’s Central City Tower in summer, 2011. For the first time, the downtown Vancouver and Guildford offices of this worldwide business financials giant will be brought together on the 14th floor. By summer 2012, their full complement of 150 industry specialists will be part of a rapidly growing population of professionals and services enjoying Central City Tower’s billion-dollar view.

“This is a highly desirable area and building, and a magnet for other businesses in the future. We wanted to be part of it as early as possible,” says Rod Johnston, corporate finance specialist and Managing Partner of Price Waterhouse’s Guildford location. “ We specifically focused on the Central City Tower as the best one to be in with its proximity to SFU, Skytrain, City Hall, and its future as the financial hub of the Lower Mainland. This is a very strategic move for us.

“The Central City Tower is the best office tower in all of BC in terms of quality and the view is better than anything in downtown Vancouver or anywhere in the Lower Mainland.”

Begun in 1849 in the UK and 1907 in Canada, PriceWaterhouseCoopers International Ltd is one of the “big four” accounting firms with 766 offices in a worldwide network of 154,000 people in 153 countries, and more than 5,200 partners and staff across Canada. In 2008 PWC collectively generated US$25.2 billion in aggregated revenues.

Mayor Watts

Mayor Watts – Looking Forward to the New Year

Mayor Watts gave us an early Christmas present when she announced she would be running for another term as Mayor of Surrey and not jumping into Provincial politics.

Over the last five years, Watts has grown into her role a Mayor and leader for our City. Recently she was recognized worldwide as the 4th best Mayor in the World.

When asked what her immediate plans are, she replied, “The redevelopment of our town centres and the City Centre certainly is top of mind. The transportation issues are absolutely key and making sure that our Economic Investment Action Plan is really positioned in a way where we are attracting the jobs that we need to have within the City of Surrey to insure that our population has jobs close to home”

Watts has identified “the funding of transportation and the need for extensive transportation South of the Fraser” as the key challenges looking forward to 2011.

“The challenge is that mega projects were implemented in other areas of the Lower Mainland which we all support. Now is the time for South of the Fraser to have that infrastructure. We can be very innovative and very flexible. We don’t need these multibillion dollar Cadillac infrastructure pieces. We can do a lot with looking in our community and looking at how we connect it internally because 80% of the trips are within the South of the Fraser region.”

Surrey is investing in City Centre with the new Library and City Hall. There are plans for a performing arts centre and the eventual relocation of the North Surrey Arena. The City will continue to invest special events, like Fusion Fest and Winterfest. But the City can’t do everything. 

“I would definitely like to partner with both the provincial and federal governments on a performing arts centre, on a convention centre and most certainly looking at different types of infrastructure. We have been very lucky in terms of securing dollars for roads and bridges and that type of hard infrastructure but now we need to look at our arts and culture.”

 With a young and growing population, Watts identifies education as another challenge for the upcoming year. “We really need to make sure that we are properly funded in terms of education and capital plans for building additional schools.”

Another project Watts has identified for 2011 is the entrance or gateway to Surrey from New Westminster. “One of the areas that we really need to foster is the businesses in the Bridgeview area. I think that has continued to be a challenge and working more closely with those businesses is key to all of us moving forward. “

When talking about the people of Surrey, Watts feels that “In the City of Surrey we are extraordinarily blessed to have the kind of volunteers and the business community that we have. I think that in everything that we do, from creating events and festivals, business events, everybody participates. It speaks to the Surrey Spirit and who we are as a community. I am very proud what we have been able to accomplish over the years and I would encourage people to continue with that, because the most valuable thing you can give of yourself is time.”

Watts has modest personal goals for 2011. “I’m looking forward to some time off with my family. As we know next year is an election year so I’ll have my little break in the spring and that is about it.”

Big Rigs for Kids

Big Rigs for Kids Parade Poster 2010 low res

This Sunday, December 5 there is a new event happening at Holland Park. Lighted Big Rigs from around BC will be arriving in Downtown Surrey at 6:30 and will be staying until just after 8 pm.

In addition to special guests, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, there will be music, facepainting and other surprises.

Bring an unwrapped toy or some non-perishable food or even cash donations. The Surrey Christmas Bureau and the Surrey Food Bank will be on hand to collect your contributions.

Together we can create a more sustainable Downtown Surrey!

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) recognizes that, as sustainability has grown in importance within the City of Surrey and the Lower Mainland as a whole, there are many opportunities for business to get involved in initiatives and work towards greater sustainability.

It’s not about being perfectly sustainable tomorrow – it’s about making more sustainable choices more often. Putting sustainability on your to do list can help you save money on your energy, water and waste bills as well as help you attract the growing number of consumers that would rather buy sustainable products and services.

How can you get started? Assess where you are at and set goals for the future. For example, if you want to tackle energy use, first you should measure your current energy usage and set a goal for reduction (ex: 10% reduction over the following year).

See the list below for a sample of the many tips and resources available to businesses. Pick one…get started today!

ENERGY

  • Upgrade to energy efficient technology and save money on your energy bill! (lights, refrigerators, stoves etc.
    • Get a rebate from BC Hydro’s Product Incentive Program www.bchydro.com/incentives  or 1 866 522 4731 Example: BC Hydro offers a $55 incentive for businesses to upgrade from a Incandescent Exit Sign to a LED Exit Sign
  • Turn off appliances when not in use
  • Plug everything into a switchable power bar and switch off at night
  • Improve the insulation of your building – ex caulk / weather strip windows and doors
  • Check out more tips: Power Smart Tips for saving energy in your business
    http://www.bchydro.com/guides_tips/green_your_business.html
  • Restaurants, check out Restaurant Energy Saving Tips (Washington State University Extension Energy Program) http://www.energyideas.org/documents/factsheets/03_022_Rest_Tips_fct.pdf

WASTE

  • Default your printer to double sided printing
  • Buy products with less packaging
  • Buy recycled materials – ex paper products: recycled printing paper, napkins, toilet paper
  • Consider recycling non refundable plastics and metal
  • Restaurants: be sure to recycle your oil 
  • Restaurants: offer optional smaller portions on your menu, provide incentives for people to bring their own take out containers
  • Check out other waste reduction tips at: Quick Tips: Waste Prevention Ideas That Save You $$$ http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/ReduceWaste/Business/QuickTip.htm
  • Restaurants also check out: Food for thought – Waste reduction in the Restaurant Industry (Greater Vancouver Regional District) http://www.p2pays.org/ref/03/02905.pdf

WATER

LOCAL FOOD

GENERAL RESOURCES

 

Feel free to leave your comments, questions, or suggestions below!

Movies Under the Stars – Updated!

For those of you who were looking forward to seeing Wizard of Oz on August 7th, be prepared to dust off your ruby slippers & follow the Yellow Brick Road!

Wizard of Oz has been rescheduled to Friday August 20 at Holland Park!

See below for the updated schedule on our poster:

Come join us next week (August 14) for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!

There will be library story telling, spaghetti eating contest, and more!

Wizard of Oz Postponed

Due to the rainy weather we are experiencing, today’s (August 7th) Movies Under the Stars featuring Wizard of Oz will be POSTPONED until further notice. We will announce the new date for Wizard of Oz when we can!

We still have THREE more movies nights every Saturday in August!

Please join us for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball next week (August 14) in Holland Park! 🙂

City of Surrey Has BIG Plans For The Future

For the City of Surrey, this has been a long time coming:  a spankin’ new City Hall building is set to change the way City officials interact and engage with their citizens.  Plans for City Hall were unveiled June 29, 2010 at a press conference held in SFU Surrey.

Designed by Kasian, the new City Hall will incorporate the new Surrey Public Library building and a potential building for mixed use purposes.  A public plaza with a large outdoor screen complete the finishing touches to the new Civic Centre design.  And with SFU Surrey within mere walking distance, the new City Centre will be lively, thriving and communal.

DSBIA Executive Director Elizabeth Model, Mayor Dianne Watts, DSBIA Board President Robert Dominick

Come Visit the Wizard in Holland Park – Movies Under the Stars

Read the Book, See the Movie!

Slip on your ruby shoes and follow the yellow brick road to Holland Park as the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association welcomes all brainless scarecrows, heartless tin men, cowardly lions, Munchkins and witches to the Sixth Annual Movies Under the Stars on Saturday, August 7th .

Presented by Prospera Credit Union, Movies Under the Stars’ first movie feature this summer is The Wizard of Oz.  The fun starts at 4:30pm, including entertainment, activities and crafts, oh my!  The movie begins at dusk.

The BIA is also hosting a costume contest for the dedicated fans, so be sure to dress up as your favourite Wizard of Oz character.  Come green, or as an animal or maybe as the Wonderful Wizard himself.

This free community event attracts a variety of people – from families, to seniors, to teenagers, to university students – Movies Under the Stars is guaranteed to bring you a different movie watching experience.  On a warm August night what could be more fun than watching a movie on a big, inflatable screen outdoors?

Make yourself at home by bringing your own blankets, lawn chairs and umbrellas.  Refreshments will be available at the North Surrey Lions Club barbecue but feel free to bring your own basket full of goodies.

The Downtown Surrey BIA will be hosting movies every Saturday in August at Holland Park in Surrey. Holland Park is located at the corner of King George Boulevard and Old Yale Road across the street from the King George Skytrain Station.

Schedule of Movies:

  • August 7, 2010:  The Wizard of Oz
  • August 14, 2010:  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  • August 21, 2010:  The Last Song (with Miley Cyrus)
  • August 28, 2010:  How to Train Your Dragon