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Thank you for a great year!

November 30th, 2012

New West. Modern. Historic. It's time.

We had a phenomenally successful 2012 and would like to thank everyone for their interest and support this year. We are grateful for the overwhelmingly positive reviews for Trapp+Holbrook and the warm welcome we received from the New Westminster community. We’re also thrilled to have received several awards in 2012, including a UDI Award of Excellence for the Paris Block and a Museum of Vancouver City Shaper award for our president Robert Fung.


Cultural Crawl to showcase New Westminster’s thriving art scene

August 10th, 2012

New Westminster Cultural Crawl

This weekend, arts and cultural enthusiasts will head to Downtown New West for the 9th Annual Cultural Crawl.

The two-day event is a great opportunity to explore the “new” New West and discover the best of the community’s   art scene. Participants include studios, galleries, live music venues, restaurants and theatres throughout the city. In addition to showcasing local artists and artisans, the Cultural Crawl uncovers the Royal City’s heritage and unique cultural footprint.

The Salient Group is proud to be involved in this year’s Cultural Crawl. On August 11th and 12th, drop by the Trapp + Holbrook presentation centre at 668 Columbia Street to see the Mosaic Tile Project before the pieces are placed along Columbia Street permanently. These eight hand crafted tile mosaics, each with its own story highlighting the history and heritage of the New West community, were commissioned by the New Westminster Community Development Society. Local artists Liz Calvin and Bruce Walther created the pieces.

Tile mosaics - New Westminster

Tile mosaics - New Westminster, B.C.

Photo credit: Bruce Walther


Trapp+Holbrook Previews Begin This Saturday: Meet Our Sales Team

April 26th, 2012

The time is now! Previews of Trapp+Holbrook start this Saturday, April 28, and we can’t wait to reveal more about these modern homes located in revitalized downtown New Westminster.

The Trapp+Holbrook presentation centre, located at 668 Columbia Street, is open from 12PM to 7PM, Monday to Thursday, and 12PM to 5PM Saturday to Sunday.

We think that with Trapp+Holbrook’s proximity to Skytrain, great design, affordable price and the area’s high growth potential, that we’ll have a hot property when the 20-storey tower is launched for sale next month. Prices start at $219,900 and 100 homes are available under $299,900.

We hope to see you at the previews! To register, please visit

Here’s some information about the men and women who will help you choose your new home at Trapp+Holbrook. They also shared what they’re most excited about in New West.

Jack Bernard

Jack Bernard

Recommended New West spot:
Taverna Greka
has outstanding Greek food, great service and stunning views.
What about Trapp + Holbrook are you most excited about?
Based on the feedback we’ve received, there’s lots of local anticipation around the project. I’m very excited to hear their stories of New Westminster’s change, its past and how they feel the future will look. I think the Salient Group will do a great job of trailblazing Columbia Street’s rejuvenation.
Contact info:, @realtyresources,,


New West Living: It’s time for the Royal City to reclaim the spotlight

April 18th, 2012

Western Canada’s first city is set for a comeback.

New Westminster, a city with a rich past, is ready to draw us in again. Boasting hip new shops, hot restaurants and the historical charm the city is known for, New West is reclaiming its reputation as the Golden Mile and once again becoming the “place to be” in the Lower Mainland.

Columbia Street was once known as the “Golden Mile”.
Columbia Street was once known as the “Golden Mile”.

In 1859, Her Royal Highness Queen Victoria personally handpicked the city’s name, thus giving residents the honour of referring to their home as the “Royal City”. Columbia Street, future home of Salient’s Trapp + Holbrook, was also once known as the Golden Mile, a prosperous and beloved neighbourhood.


Introducing Trapp + Holbrook. It’s time!

April 11th, 2012

Trapp + Holbrook in New Westminster by The Salient Group

Modern living meets historic charm for our latest project Trapp + Holbrook!

Located in the heart of downtown New Westminster, Western Canada’s first city, the area is evolving into a modern waterfront community while still keeping its much loved historical appeal.

We feel that building in New Westminster makes a lot of sense. As we mentioned in a recent BuzzBuzzHome blog post, we see a lot of parallels between Gastown and New Westminster’s downtown core. Both areas are seeing growth, increased density, and the opening of hip new businesses and amenities.


Trapp Block: Housing plan flourishes as market slumps

May 27th, 2009


Globe and Mail – Housing plan flourishes as market slumps
Group seizes chance to ease homelessness in New Westminster with space left over from commercial reno jobs that were put on hold

Wendy Stueck
Globe and Mail
Wednesday, May. 27, 2009

The economic downturn has resulted in a short-term shot in the arm for affordable housing in New Westminster.

With development plans for a trio of heritage buildings sidelined as a result of a deep chill in commercial real-estate financing, developer Robert Fung has turned over one of the buildings for use as social housing.

The building, which was vacant when Mr. Fung’s Salient Group acquired it in 2005, is to be managed by the non-profit Atira Women’s Resource Society and will provide 23 units for women and children who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

Provincial agency B.C. Housing has provided some financial assistance to renovate the building.

Salient has committed to the arrangement for at least two years. The neighbouring buildings have interim tenants.

“Philosophically we don’t like vacant space, because it has such a negative impact on the street,” said Mr. Fung, whose company has tackled several high-profile renovations of heritage buildings in Gastown and who sits on the board of Vancouver’s Streettohome Foundation.


The Record: Trapp Block: “If You Build It, They Will Come”

April 26th, 2008


“If you build it, they will come”
Developer sees Columbia as one of the great city centre streets in the Lower Mainland

Theresa McManus
The Record
Saturday, April 26, 2008

Columbia Street is on its way to reliving its glory days.

Robert Fung, president of the Salient Group, is working on plans to restore the façades of the historic Trapp Block and the Windjammer Hotel and to build a new tower behind those buildings. He believes in the “if you build it, they will come” adage.

“It’s a great street,” he said. “It has always been a great street. It’s like every great street that was the original city centre.”

Many of those streets are undergoing a resurgence, Fung said, because they have so much innate historical, cultural and social values.

“New Westminster has the greatest historical downtown in the Lower Mainland apart from Gastown,” he said. “Gastown has a condensed inventory of historical buildings. For the most part they have been maintained fairly well.”

Fung is well acquainted with the historical buildings of Gastown, having done several projects in that area. He said his approach hasn’t been to do a “plop and run” development but to contribute to the area’s economic energy.

“We are creating a critical mass and creating an energy that will influence investment,” he said. “I see potential for others. This one project has a critical mass.”

Fung said the proposed project in New Westminster is roughly the same buildable area as a three-phased project his company is doing on Water Street in Gastown.