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Grosvenor Brentwood: “a paradigm shift” for Burnaby

Grosvenor Brentwood NW Aerial View with Phase 1 Towers
Grosvenor Brentwood northwest aerial view with Phase 1 towers. Credit: Perkins&Will/Grosvenor

Grosvenor is sharing more details of their upcoming pedestrian focused, multi-tower community on Lougheed Highway in Burnaby, across from Brentwood Town Centre.

The 7.9-acre development site will see the construction of six residential towers with 3,500 homes, 2,000 of which will be market rental homes and 450 which will be below-market, rental homes. The development will include the tallest all-rental tower in Western Canada, measuring 60 storeys. 

The development was recently granted permission by the City of Burnaby to move forward to the consultation phase, and will be Grosvenor’s largest, mixed-use project in North America.

Grosvenor Brentwood master plan overall site plan. Credit: Perkins&Will/Grosvenor
Grosvenor Brentwood master plan ‘Central Oasis’ sketch. Credit: Perkins&Will/Grosvenor

Grosvenor Brentwood will include 200,000 square feet of commercial space and a 100,000 square foot community centre.

“We are really excited about what this large-scale community will mean for residents and for the general public, for meeting the housing and sustainability challenges facing our region, and for the opportunity to create a genuine sense of community in one of Metro Vancouver’s fastest-growing and most exciting neighbourhoods,” says Marc Josephson, senior vice-president, development at Grosvenor.

Future Grosvenor Brentwood community centre, viewed from Dawson Street looking east. Credit: Grosvenor

The new community centre, which will be owned and operated by the City of Burnaby once complete, will include a gym and fitness centre, as well as multi-purpose rooms, creative spaces for arts, crafts and music, child care space, an indoor running track and a rooftop play area. The value of the new community centre is estimated at $140 million.

It will be one of largest pedestrian-focused communities in Metro Vancouver, with all vehicle parking accessed from the site’s periphery and a focus on pedestrian and cyclist movement across the development. At the centre of the site will be a large public plaza.

Grosvenor Brentwood ‘Central Oasis’ public space. Credit: Perkins&Will/Grosvenor
Grosvenor Brentwood master plan overview with community centre. Credit: Perkins&Will/Grosvenor

“This is a truly unprecedented development with more than half of the site dedicated to open space including landscaped plazas and courtyards, around which all buildings are focused,” says Ryan Bragg, principal, Perkins & Will. “Typically in this type of development, instead of plazas and courtyards there would be streets and space to support vehicles, but here there will be no cars, just trails and green space. It’s a complete paradigm shift for the region.”

Grosvenor expects the new community centre will attract up to one million visitors per year. The development will also aim to achieve net-zero carbon operational emissions.


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