Celebrate New West Pride

August 8th, 2014

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Relive last weekend’s Pride Festival in Vancouver with New Westminster’s nine-day long Pride Festival running August 8th to 16th. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the New West Pride Festival and is expected to be the biggest and best yet. Starting this weekend, enjoy dancing, beer gardens, drag queen shows and family-friendly kid zones right in the middle of downtown New Westminster. The festival is taking a departure from its usual location at Tipperary Park and moving to Columbia Street to be more accessible for everyone of all ages.

Vice-President of New West Pride, Jeremy Perry, hopes the event will showcase what New West offers regularly to the LGBT community as well as draw 10,000 to 20,000 attendees to New West’s downtown core. Don’t miss out on this year’s festivities, including plenty of food trucks, buskers, Uptown Live musical live performances, and much more!

Trapp+Holbook is a proud sponsor of this exciting event and will be in the middle of all the bustle on the festival’s final day, Saturday, Aug 16th. Be sure to visit our table and ask our sales team about our limited time Summer Festival Special* which offers savings of up to $5,000 on your purchase at Trapp+Holbrook this summer. Until then, our sales associates are happy to explain the Summer Festival Special at our Presentation Centre located at 702 Columbia Street. We are open daily from noon to 5pm, except Fridays, and can be reached at 604.525.0223. Happy Pride!

Source: http://www.royalcityrecord.com/news/new-west-pride-aims-to-be-biggest-and-best-1.1268221

*Please see a Trapp+Holbrook Sales Representative for more details about this limited time Summer Festival Special. The developer reserves the right to make changes to the information contained herein. E.&O.E.

Rebuilding the Trapp Façade

July 18th, 2014


Did you know that by the time our happy new homeowners move in to Trapp+Holbrook next year, they will be moving into over 100 years of history? This is because the Trapp façade, which commemorates the skill and artistry of terracotta crafters dating more than 100 years, is being meticulously restored to its original glory piece-by-piece. To learn more about this amazing restoration process, read all about in the New Westminster News Leader cover story featured here.

If you are interested in finding out more about the details of this restoration process or our remaining homes, then come and visit our Presentation Centre located at 702 Columbia Street. We are open every day (except Friday), from noon to 5pm.

Trapp+Holbrook Breathes New Life Into The Historic Downtown District

July 17th, 2014


See what the REW had to say about Trapp+Holbrook in their NewHomes Real Estate Weekly Print Edition: http://ow.ly/d/2j1f

Visit our Sales Centre at 702 Columbia Street, New Westminster, for more information on these homes brining you the best of old and new. We are open daily from 12-5pm, except Fridays or give us a call at 604.525.0223 and a member of our Sales Team will be happy to answer your questions.

2nd Annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest

July 16th, 2014

We are extremely happy to announce that we have teamed up with The Downtown New West BIA to present the 2nd annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 4-10pm.


On August 23rd, Columbia Street from 6th Street to Elliot Street will be filled with over 50 food trucks, 3 beer gardens featuring new local craft brewery Steel & Oak Brewing Company, as well as a mini Royal City Farmers Market. Admission is FREE and the food trucks will be aplenty. Your appetite won’t be left unsatisfied. This year’s festival will be the biggest in the province, with all your favourite food trucks in attendance including ever-popular: Japadog, Vij’s Railway Express, Johnny’s Pops, Yolk’s Breakfasts and Taser Grilled Cheese. Come on down, grab a seat at one of the outdoor tables, and enjoy the B.C.’s best food truck offerings. Check out this year’s Food Truck line up so far on Columbia’s StrEAT Food Truck Fest’s Facebook page.


You can support this exciting festival by becoming a Certified Trucker! These special guest passes will go on sale on August 1st for only $30. Certified Truckers will receive two complimentary Steel &Oak craft beers, guaranteed seating in The Met’s beer garden and a branded hat. The festival will also have a kid-friendly area hosted by the New West Food Action Committee and Kids New West. The Columbia, Heritage Grill, and The Met Bar & Grill will be graciously expanding their patios for this special event.


Sponsor for the event Robert Fung, President of The Salient Group, commented, “Salient is really excited to be a part of this event and, with Trapp+Holbrook, to be part of the Columbia Street evolution. Downtown New West continues to draw people as a great urban neighbourhood and dynamic place to live. There’s a strong sense of community here that is filled with energy from people sharing something special. The Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest is yet again a testimony to how progressive this town is, and how it has already blown the culinary and entrepreneurial doors off! Get used to coming to Downtown New West for great food and a great sense of belonging. If you haven’t experienced it already, I invite you to come down and have a taste!

Your friends at Trapp+Holbrook will be in the middle of the action with a booth and special draw prizes (tbd) – be sure to come say hi! In the meantime, visit the Trapp+Holbrook Presentation Centre located at 702 Columbia Street to get more info on this highly-anticipated event. We are open daily from 12-5pm except Fridays. See you on August 23rd!

Trapp+Holbrook leads the way in utilizing the waterfront in New West

July 4th, 2014


Previously neglected, the Fraser River waterfront is now the place to be in New Westminster. Taking cues from Vancouver’s successful Coal Harbour and False Creek neighborhoods, the city of New Westminster has plans to reorient themselves towards the Fraser River.

With passionate and esteemed engineer, Mark Shieh’s, makeover of the New Westminster Quay and River Market, along with the award-winning revitalization of Westminster Pier Park, the riverfront has really begun to attract developers and investors to the area.

See what Business in Vancouver had to say about the rising interest of the Fraser River waterfront: http://ow.ly/d/2kEq

Want to know more about Trapp+Holbrook? Then visit our presentation centre located at 702 Columbia Street in New Westminster. We are open every day from 12 – 5pm (except Fridays).

Façade Restoration – Trapp+Holbrook

June 27th, 2014

This month, after decades of neglect The Trapp Block (circa 1913) and Holbrook (circa 1880s) will begin the transformation to their original state with the meticulous heritage façade restoration process. The process of reinstating the Trapp Block façade will take approximately five months and will change the face of Columbia Street, whilst significantly adding to the character of New Westminster’s historic commercial core.


    Stage 1: Holbrook Bracing Removed

Early on in the development of the project it was determined that the interior construction of both the Trapp Block and Holbrook Block could not be saved due to irreparable structural failure. However much of the heritage value of the site is invested in the ornate facades of both buildings which are being restored.

Prior to demolition, a steel bracing structure was installed to retain the façade in place through the construction process. At the beginning of June, once the new structural steel and concrete of the tower were attached to the Holbrook façade, the Holbrook steel bracing facing onto Columbia Street was removed.


    Stage 2: Brick Repointing

Throughout June & July the brick on the interior of the Holbrook façade will be cleaned and repaired. The brick will be thoroughly washed, the old grout removed and the brick repointed to strengthen the wall for seismic reinforcing.


    Stage 3: Restoration & Installation of the Trapp Block Terracotta Façade

Atlantis Rausch has been given the task of restoring and installing the seven storey Trapp Block terracotta façade. The Trapp Block façade was dismantled in 2012 and the terracotta blocks were carefully conserved in a temperature controlled workshop constructed on-site. These blocks will then be re-installed against a new stable wall structure from June through to August.


    Stage 4: Heritage Window Restoration

Both the Holbrook and Trapp Block façades have four different types of heritage windows that are either being replicated and replaced, or refurbished, by Vintage Woodworks in Victoria.

We will be documenting this important and unique façade restoration process at Trapp+Holbrook so check back often to see progress images and updates!

New Westminster to Demolish Front Street Parkade

June 15th, 2014

New Westminster has promising plans to deconstruct a portion of the poorly aging Front Street parkade early next year. This unsightly, large, and half-empty parkade is currently blocking the city from enjoying the full benefits of its waterfront. Tearing down half of this eyesore would open up Front Street, and showcase the historic, character-rich storefronts including boutiques along “Antique Alley”. This also means homeowners at Trapp+Holbrook will have better views and unobstructed access to Front Street. The destruction of half of the parkade will allow for the creation of a pedestrian pathway, 40 angled parking stalls and lush landscaping.

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Currently, Front Street is a designated truck route. By removing part of the Front Street Parkade, the city hopes to also convert Front Street into a local street with a 30 km/h speed limit. This will drastically reduce the emissions and pollution in the area, and provide a vibrant foundation for businesses and residents. There is no doubt that the reconstruction of Front Street is a step in the right direction for downtown New Westminster.

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Partial removal of the parkade will improve air quality, give people a better view of heritage buildings, and create better access to neighboring streets and the award-winning Westminster Pier Park. Demolition will start in January 2015, if the project meets all the financial, tender and parking requirements. At Trapp+Holbrook, we take pride in our waterfront views and stylish interiors embracing the heritage of downtown New Westminster. With the demolition of half of the Front Street Parkade, Trapp+Holbrook is your gateway to beautiful New Westminster living. Visit us at 702 Columbia Street to find out more about the city’s revitalization plans and our loft-inspired homes.

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