What is your vision for the future of downtown New West?

October 4th, 2012

Columbia Street - New Westminster - real estate

At Salient, we strive to bring innovation and livability, not only to our projects, but also through a sincere desire to understand the neighborhoods that we join. We believe that a community’s strength is founded on an area’s history and its people.

And while this authentic history is irreplaceable, we believe that evolution is inevitable, and is best informed upon not only by those who have forever occupied it, but those who aspire to also make that place their home.

With Trapp + Holbrook in New West, we’re asking the community for input to help us envision the evolution of our small piece of Columbia Street— and this time, we’re doing it online. We’ve partnered with the popular website Vancity Buzz to get your input on the types of service, amenity, shops, necessities, etc we should consider for the Trapp + Holbrook street level retail spaces on Columbia Street.

Orling & Wu

We believe that the choice of business for a retail space can have a significant impact on the character of an area, and therefore on its revitalization. For our projects in Gastown, we favoured local independent retailers such as Acme Café, Orling & Wu, and Boneta over national chain brands. This is no accident — we believe that attracting interesting local independent retailers adds both economic and social value to a neighbourhood. From what we’ve seen in Gastown, a much beloved area in Vancouver that has maintained its character, this philosophy works.  Visit our Facebook gallery for photos of our some of our current shops and restaurants in Gastown to see what type of businesses we have welcomed.

Since beginning the Vancity Buzz contest on September 27, we’ve received over 100 entries, with deli and bakeries and fruit and veggie stores currently the most popular suggestions. Here are some select input to date:

Future of Columbia Street in Downtown New West

It’s not too late for you to give us your input and to enter a contest for a chance to win a $200 New West gift pack, which includes gift cards to Brick & Mortar Living and Drink Urban Lounge. Due to the great feedback that we have been receiving, the contest has been extended to October 12th.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Leave a comment on the Vancity Buzz post, answering the following question:

What would you like to see on the emerging Columbia Street and in the Trapp+Holbrook retail space?


2. Tweet your answer to  @thesalientgroup and @vancitybuzz, using the hashtag #THLiving.

We can’t wait to hear some of your ideas for downtown New West! We are listening.

Centrally located and only a 26-minute SkyTrain ride from Vancouver and 11-minutes from Burnaby, Trapp + Holbrook offers exceptional value and high growth potential. For more information, visit thliving.com, drop by the Trapp + Holbrook presentation centre at 668 Columbia Street in New Westminster, or call 604-525-0223.