Posts Tagged ‘Gastown’

Q & A with Robert Fung, Founder and President of Salient Group

August 19th, 2013

With the completion of the Trapp + Holbrook development in New Westminster just over a year away, Salient Group’s Robert Fung is on cloud nine. We caught up with the man behind Trapp + Holbrook for an update on the project.

Salient Group Founder Robert Fung on location in Gastown

What is the construction status?

Robert Fung: Construction is moving along smoothly and we’re on schedule for our residents to move in early 2015. We have completed piling (post-like supports used for building support) for the building foundations, and and the crane was raised August 19. The restoration process for the original terra-cotta facade that will be on the front of the Trapp Block is being meticulously undertaken. Overall, things look amazing.

You’ve been active in connecting with the New Westminster and Columbia Street community – what are people saying about Trapp + Holbrook’s presence?

RF: We’ve had a great dialogue with the New Westminster community, and overall, locals have been very supportive. People are really taking to the notion of an “urban community” where they live, work and play in the same neighbourhood. That has led to a large portion of the building’s new owners making their home in the Trapp+Holbrook redevelopment..

Some have compared this development to the style of Vancouver’s Gastown. What do you think of this comparison?

RF: Like Gastown, downtown New Westminster is one of only two truly historic downtown areas in the Lower Mainland? Also like Gastown, downtown New Westminster is currently experiencing a rebirth for the downtown scene. However, we’re not trying to make Columbia Street into another Gastown, Columbia Street has its own character, strengths and vibe. The project was conceived in New West and on Columbia street – it’s New West, through and through.

I encourage people to come and see Columbia Street- there’s a great entrepreneurial energy here. People, and businesses, are coming to New West to become a part of this community.

What’s next?

RF: We want to support local business, and The River Market in New West is an established venue to do that. Karmavore, a local vegan cafe and bakery has set up a new venture at The River Market and Trapp+Holbrook is supporting their presence while they feel out this new evolution of their business.
On the construction side, with the crane up, watch for things to really start progressing as we start to pour concrete over the next three weeks.

Imagine construction is finished, and the first residents are living at Trapp + Holbrook…what are you most looking forward to?

RF: I can’t wait to be sitting on the street having a coffee in front of the building. I hope to see people enjoying the cafes, retail and engaging with the space. A vibrant urban neighbourhood is a great place to be. I truly hope there is a sense that the building has always been there.

Vinyl Retro Lounge opens in Gastown

October 25th, 2011

Vinyl Retro Lounge

Boasting a massive light dance floor and great retro tunes, Vinyl Retro Dance Lounge opened its doors in Vancouver this fall.

Thanks to great music and awesome atmosphere, the lounge has already generated serious buzz amongst Vancouver’s partygoers. Recently actor Isaiah Mustafa, whose popularity skyrocketed after starring in a series of successful Old Spice commercials, made a special appearance in the lounge.


Revolver Coffee fires up Gastown

October 14th, 2011

Revolver Coffee - Gastown

A new coffee joint in Gastown is making waves in the city. Revolver Coffee opened its doors in September and has since generated some serious buzz from Vancouver caffeine enthusiasts.

What sets Revolver apart from most coffee shops is that all beverages are made-to-order. Revolver takes its coffee seriously. Customers first select from a number of beans and then choose from one of a handful of brewing options. If you’re not a coffee nerd, don’t fret — the guys behind the bar are happy to explain your different options.


Salient Group receives Outstanding Achievement Award from Heritage BC

October 13th, 2011

Salient Group receives Heritage BC Outstanding Achievement Award

The Salient Group, Acton Ostry Architects and Donald Luxton & Associates received the Outstanding Achievement award at Heritage BC’s annual ceremony held on September 30, 2011. Handed out for the highest caliber of achievement, the Outstanding Achievement award was given to The Salient Group this year for our contributions to the rehabilitation of the Gastown area.

Every year, Heritage BC presents awards to individuals, organizations, government and businesses for excellence in heritage conservation. We thank Heritage BC for recognizing our efforts. We are pleased with the opening of 21 Doors, and we are proud to contribute to Gastown’s rehabilitation.


Anti-Hero13 brings its edge to Gastown

October 5th, 2011

Anti-Hero 13 in Gastown

Located on the corner of Cordova and Cambie is a very unique boutique. Offering edgy fashion pieces at discounted prices, Anti-Hero 13 carries some of your favourite Italian designers.

Open for a year now, this independent retail shop is a must-visit if you’re looking for unique pieces to complete your wardrobe.  Here, you’re likely to find popular brands such as Energie and DSquared2, but you can also find brands such as Takeshy Kurosawa, Absolut Joy and Bray Steve Alan.


Nelson the Seagull lands in Gastown

September 28th, 2011

Nelson the Seagull - The Salient Group blog

At the heart of Gastown, you’ll find a charming and unassuming coffee shop. Nelson the Seagull opened on Carrall Street in May, and within months, the café has become one of the neighbourhood’s best hangout spots.

With its open concept kitchen, Nelson the Seagull isn’t your typical café.  Big couches invite you to just kick back and stay in. Long communal tables make this the perfect spot if you’re eating out with a few friends, or if you want to make a few new ones. Already, the café has hosted events such as The Social Feed long table communal dinner.


Salient Group Opens New Doors in Gastown

September 21st, 2011

21 Doors: Salient Group Opens New Doors in Gastown

Robert Fung’s Salient Group is creating an intimate group of courtyard homes on historic Carrall Street, with 21 Doors ready for occupancy this November.

“These 21 homes will fill a need for well-designed yet more affordable housing in downtown Vancouver,” says Robert Fung, president of the Salient Group. Prices start at $209,900. Sizes range from 383-532 square feet for studio and one-bedroom homes to 789 square feet for two bedrooms. Sales commence October 15.

Community is central to 21 Doors, which is built around a stylish and private courtyard, designed to foster a sense of security as residents get to know their neighbours.