Posts Tagged ‘Trapp + Holbrook’

Photos: Salient’s Gastown retail occupants and the future of Columbia Street

October 12th, 2012

Trapp + Holbrook neighbourhood

In our last blog post, we told you about an initiative to get the community’s input about the future of downtown New West.  Through a partnership with Vancity Buzz, we’re geting input from the community, and we’re thrilled to see feedback from journalists, politicians, and homebuyers, but most especially from current New West residents.

We also shared our philosophy about selecting businesses for our retail spaces. From our history working in urban communities, we realize the importance of retail in creating neighbourhoods with a story and a unique pulse.  For New West, we’re looking to connect with businesses and groups who will work with us to build vibrant communities, much like what we have done in Gastown.

To give you more ideas on what we’re looking for, we would like to showcase some of our current Gastown retail space occupants and why we love them.  Here are some of the businesses that we have welcomed:

Orling & Wu - Gastown

Exclusive home decor lifestyle store Orling & Wu specializes on European-inspired fabrics and home objects.


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.


How does Trapp + Holbrook’s pricing stack up against other Vancouver projects?

September 7th, 2012

Trapp + Holbeook features

Affordability is always hot topic for homebuyers in the Lower Mainland, and so we couldn’t help but compare Trapp + Holbrook to similar projects in other areas.

Using a mortgage calculator and the advertised prices of one-bedroom apartments for various projects, we were able to confirm what we knew all along: Trapp + Holbrook provides the most value. Here’s what we found:

  • For $1630 per month, you can own near Vancouver City Centre
  • Vancouver’s Broadway area has homes for around $1365 per month
  • Homes in the Metrotown area of Burnaby can be purchased for $1169 per month


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


New Civic Facility in New West to fuel revitalization of the Royal City

July 25th, 2012

New Westminster New Civic Centre

People are talking about the City of New Westminster’s plans for a multi use civic facility on Columbia Street. From local media outlets like Royal City Record to popular blogs like Vancouver Is Awesome and Vancity Buzz, everyone is curious about this project.

We recently told you about New Westminster’s recent revitalization and why it’s a good idea to invest in the city.  Given that the new civic centre is located just across Trapp + Holbrook, we were curious how the project fits with the City’s plans for the downtown core. Blair Fryer, Communications Manager at City of New Westminster, recently talked to us about this exciting development.

How many new jobs will the new civic centre and office tower bring to New West? Besides the obvious economic impact, what other benefits does the project bring to the city?

The project is expected to generate 500 direct and 250 indirect jobs as local businesses respond to the growing need for goods and services. New conference facilities along with arts and culture programming will also bring a stream of visitors to the Downtown. This, along with new residential development will increase the vibrancy and activity in the area.

How does the new civic centre and office building fit in with the city’s plans to revitalize downtown New West?

The new civic centre and office tower currently under construction in New Westminster’s downtown are critical parts of ongoing revitalization efforts in the area. This project, combined with the new 9-acre Westminster Pier Park along the city’s waterfront and hi-density residential and retail development, is breathing new life into this historic part of the city, while easy access to rapid transit makes it the new place to be in Metro Vancouver.

Besides the new civic centre, what other plans does the City have to revitalize downtown?

In 2010, the City finalized a new Official Community Plan for the Downtown. The Plan reinforces the area as an economic, cultural, historic and residential hub of New Westminster and guides its transformation from primarily entertainment district to a complete neighbourhood that showcases sustainable and responsible growth in Metro Vancouver. The addition of a new elementary school, parks and childcare centres will meet the needs of a wide range of families.

Businesses, such as The Plaza at New Westminster Station and the revitalized River Market, provide for a wider range of shopping options and experiences for new residents and employees in the area.

Can you describe a couple key features we can expect to see when the project is complete?

The civic centre component of the project will bring medium-sized conference facilities to downtown New West and, with a 350 seat non proscenium theatre, art gallery and arts programming activity, along with the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and New Westminster Museum and Archives, the rich history and culture of the city will be on display. Connected to the civic centre and located directly across the street from SkyTrain, a new eight storey office tower will feature over 100,000 square feet of Class A LEED Gold standard office space to meet the growing needs of Metro Vancouver’s business community.

The new civic centre promises to be a key part of downtown New West’s vibrant future, and we can’t wait until the project is complete.

With the City’s investment in the civic centre and with new private mixed-use developments like Trapp + Holbrook, Downtown New Westminster is re-emerging as a vibrant urban centre with a blend of historic character and modern style that, outside of downtown Vancouver, is unique to this area. The civic centre is just one of the reasons why it’s a great time to invest in the Royal City and why New West is becoming Lower Mainland’s new neighbourhood darling. We would like to thank Blair for taking the time to answer our questions.

Visit the City of New Westminster website for more information about this project. Trapp+Holbrook is currently on sale — visit for photos and info and to register.

Illustration via The Record / Vancouver Sun

5 things you didn’t know about Trapp + Holbrook

June 26th, 2012

The old adage states that timing is everything. This is certainly true with Trapp + Holbrook, Salient’s new high-rise development in downtown New Westminster.

As key landmarks in one of B.C.’s most historic cities, the Edwardian Trapp and Holbrook buildings are once again evolving. And so is the city.

The media have had plenty of things to say about Trapp + Holbrook, but here are five things you may not know about the high-rise:

Trapp + Holbrook neighbourhood

1. The neighbourhood is a “walker’s paradise”.

The Trapp + Holbrook neighbourhood has a walkscore of 90, a score that places it in the “Walker’s Paradise” category. Parks, schools, transit and entertainment are literally just steps away.

Walkability plays an integral role in a sustainable neighbourhood. You don’t need your car for food, entertainment or work — everything you need is close by.


Q&A: Van Dop Gallery founder Trudy Van Dop on her passion for the New West art community

June 20th, 2012

Van Dog Gallery - New Westminster, B.C.

New Westminster is establishing itself as a thriving arts community. From the New West 7 exhibition to The Network Hub hosting the New West Artists exhibits, the art community is buzzing in this revitalized city.

Van Dop Gallery - New Westminster, B.C.The Van Dop Gallery, located at 421 Richmond Street, is a catalyst in the city’s growing art scene. The gallery provides a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors by showcasing over 100 artists in a contemporary home. The galley prides itself on showcasing the artworks of some of Canada’s best contemporary fine artists in all media, including glass, wood, metal, ceramic, fibre, oils, acrylics, watercolours, and handmade papers.

If you’ve been to the Trapp+Holbrook display suite at 668 Columbia Street, you have probably already seen artwork from the Van Dop Gallery. Artwork by Teressa Bernard, Judith Copland, Gabor Gasztonyi, and Leslie Poole adorn our display suite and illustrate how Trapp+Holbrook homeowners might decorate their new homes.

Trudy Van Dop, who founded the gallery in 1996, recently answered some of our questions about this New West institution and shared her thoughts on the Royal City.