Trapp + Holbrook is New Westminster’s latest real estate development that will build up modern living spaces along Columbia Street in our province’s original capital. This reconstruction of the historic Trapp building will be performed by Robert Fung and his team at The Salient Group who have transformed many prominent buildings in Gastown.
“The historic Trapp Block was built in 1899. Formerly home to Army and Navy, the site has sat empty since 1977. Facing Columbia Street and backing onto Front Street, Trapp Block is part of the historical Golden Mile, once a prosperous neighbourhood in New Westminster and once again, its charm is drawing us back!
What you can expect from Trapp + Holbrook is a marriage of the old and the new: 196 homes ranging from 500 to 1261 square feet, 20 storeys in height with panoramic views of the Fraser River. You will also find excellent value with homes starting at $219,900 and 100 homes priced under $299,000.” [The Salient Group Blog]
There has been an abundance of press coverage about the project, from the Georgia Straight talking about the revitalization of New Westminster, to the Royal City Record, and blog posts on 10th to the Fraser, BuzzBuzzHome, and Vancouver is Awesome.
When I was young, my family spent every weekend in New Westminster and the Hyack Parade was an annual tradition for us. My first job in retail was at Royal City Centre shopping mall, and the first place I looked for a wedding dress was on Columbia Street. Since that time, I haven’t spent many days in New Westminster – we’ve just sped by on the SkyTrain on our way to the end of the line.
If you haven’t taken the time to explore New Westminster today, take an hour or two to discovering the changes along Columbia and the river. Towers now flank the SkyTrain tracks, there’s a full mini-mall of shops and services within the New Westminster SkyTrain station itself, a new movie theatre, and the Quay has been rebranded as River Market. The new Waterfront Pier Park will host a grand opening celebration June 16, 2012.
Our Day Out
John and I took the time to explore New Westminster a few weeks ago, from coffee and tea shops, to the River Market and Antique Alley on Front Street. We even stopped to take a few photos from the parkade along the water where scenes from Jackie Chan’s Rumble in the Bronx were filmed (with mountains in the background and all).
If you would like to experience New Westminster for yourself, Trapp + Holbrook has offered up gift cards so that you can enjoy what John and I got to taste and sip in during our excursion.
This prize pack includes: $20 for Waves Coffee House, $50 for Drink Urban Lounge, and within the River Market the winner will receive $25 for KJM Urban Gardens, $20 for the Great Wall Tea Company, and $75 for Wild Rice. All of these establishments are within walking distance of each other.
Here’s how you can enter to win this ultimate “Day in New Westminster” prize pack valued at $190:
- Leave a comment here naming a highlight of New Wesminster for you (could be a park, shop, fond memory, or a place you hope to visit) (1 entry)
- Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
The Trapp + Holbrook presentation centre is located at 668 Columbia Street and is open from 12:00pm to 7:00pm, Monday to Thursday, and until 5:00pm on the weekends. They have staff on hand to answer questions and guide you through a display suite. Follow The Salient Group on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more photos and information.
I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, June 1, 2012. If you enjoyed the photo in this post, you can view more in John’s Flickr set.
Update The winner is Tintin!