Posts Tagged ‘New Westminster’

PechaKucha lights up New West

September 4th, 2013

“Think of this as a ‘real’ social network. Get out from behind your screen and get to a live event with real people, real communication, real beer and real creative fun,” said PechaKucha hosts Neal and Melinda Michael.

The Salient Group and Trapp + Holbrook were a lead sponsor for PechaKucha Volume 3 which took place at Westminster Pier Park, bringing in 10 presenters from a variety of fields – fashion, social development, television, design, et cetera – to share their passions and interests.

The only catch? Instead of a normal slideshow presentation, all the speakers took on a unique challenge at PechaKucha.

Photo via PechaKucha New West

They are only allowed to use 20 images for 20 seconds each. Each presentation will be 6 minutes and 40 seconds long. Fitting, as the term PechaKucha is Japanese for “chit chat”.

Volume 3 brought out 300 people to view listen and view the presentations, which were projected on an inflatable screen.

PechaKucha Volume 4 will take place on Friday, September 20 at River Market. There will be over 100 cities worldwide hosting a PechaKucha event the same day.

For more information, check out the New West’s page on the PechaKucha website.

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.

Re-Up BBQ brings Southern food to New West

May 25th, 2012

Photo: Jason Lang, The Record

Re-Up BBQ recently opened its doors in New West, and it’s creating some serious buzz!

The popular food cart, which was recently named Best Food Cart at the Vancouver Restaurant Awards, chose the Royal City as the location of its first mortar and brick store, much to the delight of locals and foodies.

The restaurant team will be at the Trapp+Holbrook grand opening on May 26, so we think it’s a great time to highlight this local success story. Lindsay Ferguson, one of four co-owners of the business, recently chatted with us about New West, Re-Up’s future, and their passion for barbecue.


Contest & Q&A: The Network Hub brings more than co-working to New West

May 25th, 2012

Freelance Camp Vancouver 2011Photo: Raul Pacheco-Vega

If you need even more evidence that New Westminster is a hot spot for young entrepreneurs, look no further than The Network Hub.

The co-working space, co-founded by Minna Van, Jay Catalan, and John Van, opened a campus in the Royal City last year. In addition to providing co-working space for entrepreneurs in the area, the New West Network Hub  hosts a variety of art and business events, including the Freelance Camp, the “Look What We Do” art show, and the Entrepreneur Meetup, an event where Salient Group president Robert Fung spoke recently.


Vancouver Magazine: Lofty Ambition

September 7th, 2007


Panorama – You are here
Lofty Ambition

Vancouver Magazine
September 7, 2007

A spacious loft-style condo under $300,000? New Westminster is chockablock with them. This unit, found on the top floor of the former post office, was one of the first heritage building renos in the city’s downtown core, in 2002, the minimalist concrete structure was overhauled to accommodate a police station on the first two floors (forget property crime, and loud parties for that matter) and 45 apartments above. On completion, this unit sold for around $149,000 (similar spaces in downtown Vancouver went for $250,000). It looks much as it did then, with its 11ft. ceilings, contractor’s cream paint and pristine cabinetry and tile. It’s a low-maintenance starter, sure, and one block from the nearest SkyTrain station, but is a condo in New West a wise buy? Tough call. A few years back, local journalists were writing about the city’s “exciting resurgence;” every new business and condo development received column inches. Now, the optimism seems premature. This stretch of Columbia Street, once the “Miracle Mile,” still lacks decent eateries, pubs and shops – unless you’re in 

the market for a fuschia bridesmaid dress. And Price Waterhouse Coopers until recently was warning of an over-supply in the condo market. The gap between planned starts and estimated housing requirements is narrowing, mostly because of fewer planned starts, but there’s still reason to tread carefully.

502-549 Columbia St.
Monthly Condo Fee: $214.33 House size: 798 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1

1. Antique Alley
Front Street’s antique row is a lot like Main Street’s: quality is hit and miss. The major difference is price. Here, a mid-century teak credenza can still be found for $500, and pariking in the waterfront parkade overhead Is cheap and abundant. Definitely worth a rainy-day trip.

2. 668 Columbia St.
Sign of the times: The Trapp Block – Columbla Street’s prettiest heritage building – used to house a family hardware store. Now its main floor is home to a Yaletown Sofa Co., a chainlet that specializes in condo-sized furniture, and the bullding is slated for redevelopment by Robert Fung’s Salient Group, the developer remaking Gastown.

3. Columbia Station
From here, the termlnus of the original SkyTraln line, it’s only a 20 minute ride to Waterfront Station provided you don’t have to wait for a train during peak hours.