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Surrey City Centre Adds New Medical and Technology Hub

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Surrey is transforming.

There is no doubt about it. 3 Civic Plaza is in the midst of it all.

There is more hustle and bustle, and more change-making businesses are moving into Surrey City Centre.

Why do I say this?

There has been a positive turn in the news in the last few years. Not too long ago, the focus of Surrey news was on the urban sprawl, the taboo topics like drugs, shootings, or various crimes that is commonplace in all cities. Surrey was known as the ugly step sister amidst all of the changes in Metro Vancouver and Greater Vancouver. Now, the media is turning its attention away from those topics as the government, developers, investors, and local residents are beginning to believe in Surrey’s potential to become the urban hub of Greater Vancouver. More and more pieces are falling into place as Surrey, British Columbia, is recognized in Western Canada as a new hub that is attracting international business, technology and medical innovators in commercial developments; more developers are building residential towers; and the government is investing in the city’s public transportation (LRT and revamping SkyTrain stations) to make way for population growth.

It is projected that Surrey will absorb 70% of the entire South of the Fraser population growth over the next 25 years.

Western Investor’s latest news article referenced 3 Civic Plaza recently, and the move-in of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s fifth campus. They also highlighted the immense population growth and how Surrey will overtake Vancouver’s status as the largest city in British Columbia. Surrey will lead the way in nurturing employees in sectors like retail trade, health care and social assistance, manufacturing, construction, and transportation and warehousing which are all key to our economic backbone.

To top it all off, they have a brilliant infographic to show for these exciting new changes.

This YouTube video depicts in animation the Planning and Development Department’s plan to urbanize Surrey, with high rises and convenient on the ground transportation. It visualizes how all of these different components connect the larger geographic regions within the City of Surrey.

Finally, this Business in Vancouver article highlights Lark Group’s “Stanford University-type” medical research hub that consists of eight office towers that will be part of the Health and Technology District and plugs Surrey into state-of-the-art connectivity infrastructure. The new addition to the Health and Technology District promises to inject $1.1 billion annually into the local economy and create 15,000 jobs.

Get a head start. Be part of these innovative changes. Live at the Center of it All.

3 Civic Plaza and Surrey City Centre

Surrey Named One of World’s Top 7 Intelligent Communities

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The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), an economic and social development think tank based out of New York, recently released its list of the “Top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2015”. We couldn’t be more proud that our very own Surrey, BC made the list!

The top seven communities were chosen from a list of the ‘Smart 21 Communities of the Year’, which was produced by a group of academic analysts back in October. Communities were judged based on economic, social, and cultural development using information and communication technologies.

The purpose of the award is to encourage technologically advanced cities to share they’re innovative technologies so that others may learn from their knowledge and successes. Surrey City Centre is currently going through a major transition and it’s great to have the innovative features of the city  recognized on an international platform.

Each year the finalists are chosen based on a theme, and this year it was ‘The Revolution Community’. The My Surrey App and Innovation Boulevard were deemed particularly innovative by analysts and helped earn Surrey top marks.

More information about the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in an article by the Huffington Post and a video produced by the ITF.

3 top insights we received from buyers

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One of the things that we value in our marketing is ensuring that we understand our customers. One of the ways that we do this is to talk to our purchasers to gain insights regarding who they are, what attracted them to the project and why they ultimately decided to purchase at 3 Civic Plaza.

What we discovered, which is quite unprecedented in residential development projects, is that almost 75% of buyers we surveyed said that they plan to live in their units. This means residents will be seeing lots of familiar faces in both the lobby and the hallways when coming and going; certainly not what you would typically see in a building owned by investors.

We also found that over 70% of buyers were so happy about their purchase that they recommended the building to friends, family members or colleagues or felt it was something they would likely do. When our buyers refer others to 3 Civic Plaza, it’s one of the best compliments they give us.

It also came as no surprise that over 40% of respondents said that they would walk or take the SkyTrain to work. As more businesses move to Surrey City Centre and as the boom of Surrey’s Innovation Boulevard continues, even more people who live at 3 Civic Plaza will be within walking distance of their jobs.

Overall, the sentiments from all of our respondent can easily be summed up in one sentence, that this is a “Once in a lifetime unique opportunity in Surrey”.