Earlier today at Surrey’s Iconic City Centre Library Mayor Diane Watts and Century Group unveiled a huge new project, the first of it’s kind south of the Fraser River. 3 Civic Plaza is Surrey’s first mixed use highrise development combining a premium boutique high rise hotel called Civic Hotel, the first in Surrey since the Guildford Sheraton over 20 years ago, and a residential tower soaring 50 stories into the sky.
At 517 feet tall, 3 Civic Plaza will be Surrey’s tallest tower, the second tallest residential tower in BC and the 5th tallest tower west of Calgary. The hotel will have a ground level restaurant, large meeting rooms to accommodate over 300 people and 160 guest rooms. The residential portion, located above Civic Hotel, will have 330 units with stunning views. I’m not going to lie I want to know what the Penthouse is worth. I will be checking the prices out when they’re made public, how often do you get a chance to own part of a landmark?
I’m a big fan of the design from Cotter Architects, especially the north and south elevation views with their unique windows and slender profile giving the impression that this building is even taller than it’s already impressive 50 stories. I’m also intrigued by what look like wind turbines tucked inside the arch like structure on the roof as seen from the east and west elevation views. Completion is scheduled for fall 2015. Go to 3civicplaza.ca to register.
SurreyIsTheBomb.com is proud to be the first local blog with full coverage of this incredible new Surrey development. Check out the Fly-Through video and the artists renditions!
You guys all know Bret Taylor, the super talented artist who designed our logo(s) right? Of course you do! He’s @BretInVancouver on Twitter and his company is Howyadoin Graphics as I’m sure you also know. Bret is having an art show and you should go! The show is Saturday June 16th at 6pm at 210-2075 Yukon street in Vancouver. Ya I know it’s not in Surrey but Bret has been an amazing supporter of SurreyIsTheBomb.com and I think that qualifies him for honorary Surrey citizenship.
Bret’s art is awesome, check out some of the pics I stole from his site…(haha!)
Bret’s style is very unique and quite awesome. The event will feature Bret doing a series of paintings on site and he will have a selection of previous works for sale. There will be some snacks and you can bring your own booze!!! Make sure to bring a business card as there will be a draw for one of Bret’s paintings.
I’ll be there and I’d love to see you there too! Grab all the event details here!!
*All Images Copyright Howyadoin Graphics 2012*
I, like many Surrey residents, commute to Vancouver 5 days a week and I use the Port Mann Bridge almost exclusively. The new bridge is scheduled for completion later this year which will undoubtedly reduce congestion along Highway 1. Translink would have us believe that most commuters who use the old bridge will happily pay a toll to use the new one but the Golden Ears Bridge has proven that may not be the case.
This leaves me wondering what my fellow Fraser Valley commuters are planning to do when the tolling starts. Will you pay the toll and take the new Port Mann, will you use an alternate toll-free bridge or tunnel or will you make the switch to transit?
We would love to hear from you, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post or respond on Twitter to @SurreyIsTheBomb.
Today someone left a comment on our post about our clothing line and stickers referring to the site as “gay”. What year is this? Let me state this clearly for everyone to read and understand. SurreyIsTheBomb.com and I (Scott Graham) do not accept the use of the word gay to describe something in a negative way. The LGBT community is an important part of my city, my country and my personal life. If you are not OK with that please unfollow this blog and it’s related Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Surrey has come a long way in the last ten years but it seems there are still people who want to perpetuate negativity and hate. If someone thought that they were being funny by posting this comment they need to grow up. To anyone in the LGBT community who read the comment I apologize on behalf of Surrey and it’s many amazing residents. I’m leaving the comment up as a reminder to anyone who comes across it that the word gay is not negative.
It’s Bike to Work week in Metro Vancouver and I have to know, are you riding your bike this week? Surrey is fairly bike friendly with most major roads having bike lanes. The Greenways project also provides some non road options for cyclists but for the most part Surrey’s size and layout prevent it from being a fully bikeable place. So what are your options?
Most busses have a bike rack but they only hold 2 or 3 bikes. If the bike rack is full you have to wait for another bus which can take awhile in Surrey. If you’re lucky enough to catch a bus with room for you and your bike you still have another hurdle awaiting you at the skytrain station. There are bike lockers at some Surrey stations but that leaves you without your bike when you reach your destination. Translink has been very helpful and communicative about how one would get from Surrey to downtown on a bus but the transit portion alone would take a little over an hour and a half not to mention the cycling time. Most people I know don’t have 3-4 hours a day to dedicate to commuting.
If you’ve ever been to Portland and utilized their transit system you probably know what I’m going to bring up, Light Rail. Light Rail is the answer to Surrey’s transit troubles. The cost is significantly lower than Skytrain, operating costs are less expensive than buses and Surrey’s Main roads are wide enough (mostly) to have street level light rail run down existing centre boulevards. Portland’s system combines light rail, street cars and buses in a seamless, inexpensive and user friendly way that Surrey is in desperate need of.
Portland’s Trimet Light Rail system also has dedicated bike storage space in every car on every train, a far cry from Translink’s non existent Skytrain+bike options. I you have an opinion I’d love to here it. I for one would love to ride my bike to work, it just isn’t a sensible option for me.
Have you ever heard someone talk about their city having a sister city and wondered “what is Surrey’s sister city?” Well it just so happens that Surrey is so cool we have to have TWO sister cities!
Surrey became the sister city of Koto, Japan on April 20th, 1989. Koto is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo. It is located east of the Tokyo metropolitan centre and as of 2008 had a population of just over 440,000 people. Koto’s population and location are similar to Surrey’s position within the GVRD and it is a growing city forming it’s own identity separate of Tokyo.
Surrey’s second sister city is Zhuhai, China. Located in the province of Guangdong, Zhuhai sits along the Pearl River delta and neighbours the city of Macau. The Pearl River delta is know as the Chinese Riviera and is one of China’s most popular tourist destinations. Zhuhai has a population of just over 400,000 in its metropolitan area and another 440,000+ in its suburbs making it very similar to the GVRD.
Now go out and wow your friends with this knowledge we have bestowed unto you!!
Did you know that Surrey offers grants to people or groups who want to make our city beautiful? The Community Enhancement Partnership Program (CEPP) offers people or groups a grant to support small projects, activities and celebrations with the goal of improving their community.
Check out all the details on the official 2012 Community Beautification Grant page on the City of Surrey’s Website. Anyone who applies for and receives a grant can contact me for some coverage! Just leave a comment on this post.
Hey Surrey lovers, check out our new line of T-shirts and stickers! If you love Surrey, and If you love us, say it loud with a kick ass shirt! Click on the image below to check out colours, sizes, styles and pricing!
Surrey’s Canada Day festivities have grown to be the largest in western Canada drawing over 100,000 visitors to last years event. This year it’s looking like another blockbuster with everything from a freestyle motocross demo team, lots of fun activities for the kids, two stages featuring live music all day and a fireworks show to close out the evening. The Main Stage, presented by Chevron, will feature local favourite Hannah Georgas and 6 time Juno award winner Sam Roberts. The Second Stage, presented by 100.5 The Peak will feature the top 20 bands from it’s Peak Performance Project.
Last year’s event was crazy awesome, who will I see there this year?? Surrey Canada Day 2012 happens on Sunday July 1st (obviously…) at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre at the corner of 176th street and 64th Avenue and runs from 10am until 11pm (approximately) . Check out some videos from the artists featured at this years event below!!
Image credit – Cloverdale Rodeo
One of Surrey’s biggest events, the Cloverdale Rodeo, will host the inaugural Cowboy BBQ Competition on Saturday and Sunday of this year’s fair. Presented by Well Seasoned, this event will feature more than 25 teams from all over North America who will competing for $10,000 in cash prizes. The event will feature a Pie and Chili contest, an Iron Chef style “Battle Bacon” and a Pacific North West BBQ Association (PNWBA) sanctioned BBQ competition. After the PNWBA judges are given their food to judge there will be samples available for the public to try!! As I’m a certified PNWBA judge myself I can tell you that the food will be incredible. I’m unable to attend this amazing competition due to a prior comitment so please head down there and try some on my behalf!!
The Rodeo runs from May18th – 21st at the Cloverdale Fair Grounds. There has been an event on these grounds since 1888 which became a professionally sanctioned rodeo in 1948. It is currently the second largest rodeo in Canada. If you’ve never been you should really go check it out this year, BBQ, rides, Rodeo action and tons of family fun!! Check out the full history of one of Surrey’s oldest events HERE. YEE HAW!!!!