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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.

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3 Civic Plaza Presentation Centre moves to Central City Tower!

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Now that construction is well underway, we’ve moved our 3 Civic Plaza Presentation Centre to Century Group’s head office on the 25th Floor of Central City Tower.

The new marketing space features many of the same features as our Presentation Centre, including the architectural model, large touch screens displaying floor plans and builder blocks showcasing the two colour schemes offered. We still have a collection of great floor plans to choose from and we encourage interested parties to book an appointment to view the space, before they’re all gone.

To book a tour of the new marketing centre, please contact Joyce Li at 604 763-5156 or at Info@3CivicPlaza.ca. Century Group’s head office is located on the 25th floor of Central City Tower, at 13450 102 Avenue in Surrey, BC.

Don’t miss out on your only opportunity to live right on the plaza, in the heart of Surrey’s new urban hub.

Civic Plaza marketing space

3 Civic Plaza marketing space

3 Civic Plaza marketing space

 

 

A ‘town triangle’ comes to Surrey City Centre

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Why don’t we do town squares in the lower mainland? No self-respecting European city would be seen without one. These are focal points for the community. Coffee happens in the morning, markets are held in the day and restaurants put out tables for dinners at night. Okay, I know that in this part of the world we’d need some pretty serious umbrellas but still – where are our community gathering places?

Are malls currently our modern equivalent to the traditional town square? My need is not for harsh lighting and echoing acoustics. When hungry, I prefer to not be faced with a range of undigestible ingestibles in an area that makes seagulls over fresh garbage seem polite and tidy. And don’t even get me started on the music!

So what do you want if you aren’t happy with the existing mall world? I want to stop for a mouth-watering snack that provides actual nutrition, in an area that refreshes my senses, not refreshes my hostile attitude toward my fellow man. I want my eyes to enjoy themselves with lovely vistas, interesting statues, artwork and architecture.

So is there a way to make a nice town square, or triangle? The new civic plaza might just be the answer. The impressive new Surrey City Hall,  spectacular City Centre Library and luxury hotel and residences at 3 Civic Plaza will create a triangle with a plaza in the center connecting them all. The plaza is quite vast, and will be able to host up to 5,000 people for events and celebrations. Hopes are high that it will be the new hub for art markets, street food venders, live concerts and more. Aside from connecting  city hall, the library and 3 Civic Plaza, it will also act as a corridor that will extend to the future Performing Arts Centre, SFU Surrey and the Central City Shopping Centre.

When finished the civic plaza sounds like it’s going to be pretty amazing; truly a new urban village in downtown Surrey that will be unlike anything else in the rest of Surrey or Metro Vancouver. Now all we need is a few funky eclectic shops and some restaurants with patio tables extending out onto the plaza and we’ll have the ultimate town triangle. No trip to Europe necessary.

 

Authentic Mexican Restaurant in Surrey City Centre

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Have you ever been to Taqueria Jalisco Restaurant in Surrey City Centre? We wouldn’t be surprised if you hadn’t. Take it from us, it’s NOT easy to find, but once you do you’ll be glad you did.

This family owned restaurant is truly a hidden gem in Surrey City Centre. If you like authentic Mexican food you’ll appreciate this restaurant. On the other hand, if your idea of Mexican is hard shell tacos with shredded iceberg lettuce, than this might not be the place for you.

This wonderful hole-in-the-wall almost overloads your senses when you first walk in the door. The decor includes orange walls, hanging Mexican flags, as well as many knickknacks and other paraphernalia adorning the space (but we feel those things just adds to the restaurants off-beat charm). There are also hand-made piñatas hanging from the ceiling in all different colours and with only 8 tables, it’s very cozy!

The staff are all very warm and friendly and our server was quite happy to go over the menu with us and make suggestions as to what we might order. We all ended up having different burritos, which were huge!  While we were there, we noticed the table next to us had ordered nachos, which looked amazing, so we’ll have to go back for those one day soon.

The only downside of this restaurant is that it isn’t licensed, so if you find yourself craving a margaritas to accompany your meal, you’re out of luck. Overall however, we give this place top marks for their fantastic home-made food and authentic small town Mexican experience.

You’ll find this gem tucked away near the Gateway SkyTrain Station on Grosvenor Road. The address is 13646 Grosvenor Road, just off of King George Boulevard.

For more info check out their website.

 

***Photo credit for the image above goes to MePlusFood.com, check them out for more great Surrey restaurants to try!

8 Coffee Shops Within 8 Blocks – Surrey City Centre

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Part of what makes a community start to feel like home is when you establish your go-to places for all of your daily needs. These include, your favourite places to meet friends, the grocery store with the best local produce, the dry cleaner that will have your favourite dress back to you in time for the big event (the next night), and your favourite place to get your daily java fix. For a relatively small geographic area, you might be surprised at how many coffee shops there are in Surrey City Centre. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll likely find it within a few blocks of the City Centre.

The first, Take 5 Cafe, is located right inside Surrey’s new City Hall. City Hall is a phenomenal building that epitomizes the transformation Surrey City Centre is undergoing. Therefore, we think it makes the perfect place for business meetings, when you feel like getting out of the office. It’s also a great place for people watching, as you’ve got a direct view of all the activity happening on the plaza.

For those who can’t function until they’ve had their morning coffee, the Urban Café is conveniently located right under the Central City SkyTrain station, making it the perfect place to grab a coffee and go during your morning commute. Apart from the location, the incredibly friendly owner is another reason we keep going back to this place. He’s always in a great mood and you receive an exceptional level of service you just don’t get at your typical chain.

If you’re looking for a quiet place to enjoy a coffee with a good book or while you work, Cafe Central is a great option since it’s located inside City Centre Library. The library is such an amazing building and a great place to go when you need some inspiration.

Another coffee shop we love due to its location is the Blenz at the foot of Central City Tower. The courtyard in front of Central City mall is the perfect place to sit outside during your lunch hour or with friends on a sunny day. There’s also lots of seating inside so if it’s too cold to sit outside, you’ll never be left with nowhere to sit.

A coffee shop farther North, across from the Gateway SkyTrain Station, is Waves. One of the main reasons we like Waves is because it’s one of the few establishments left that still welcome students and entrepreneurs to use their coffee shops as their work stations. While other coffee shops are starting to limit the amount of time patrons can access WiFi or quietly plug their power outlets, Waves has done neither and welcomes people to stay all day if they should so choose.

Last but not least, if you prefer Starbucks’ signature burnt taste, then you’re in luck because there are three Starbucks locations in Surrey City Centre. There’s one inside Central City Mall, another  inside the Safeway on the corner of King George Blvd and 104 Avenue, and a third location on King George Blvd  just south of 104 Avenue.

So there you have it, eight coffee shops within an eight block radius. Let us know which one of these will become your next go-to coffee spot!

 

***If sourcing local brews is more up your alley, check out our post on two great local breweries in Surrey!

 

Holland Park: A Garden Oasis in the Middle of Surrey City Centre

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For apartment dwellers with limited outdoor space, Holland Park could definitely be considered one of the neatest attributes of living in Surrey City Centre. Although we love the urban atmosphere of King George Blvd, with the SkyTrain overhead, plentiful restaurants, and people bustling every-which-way, it’s hard to believe that there’s a beautifully serene park only two blocks away.

Holland Park is a great place to spend time with family and friends and the numerous paths through the park make it perfect for jogging or taking the dog for a walk. When you’re at Holland Park it feels like a green oasis, no matter what you’re doing, and it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of Surrey’s downtown core.

This is one of Surrey’s newest and most urban parks, with benches and garden lined paths throughout, making it very accessible and usable for the public. In total it is only 10 acres in size, but feels much larger. The park is also home to a number of public art pieces such as 2 towering metal floral structures, which adds some visual interest to the space (in case the trees and real flowers weren’t enough for you).

In the future the city plans to expand the ways that people use the park and there is talk of building a water park, tennis courts and volley ball courts. Even now you will often see workout classes and other groups congregating in the park, but it will be great to increase the usability of the space with more facilities.

Holland Park is also used for numerous community events such as Movies under the Stars and the Fusion Festival. It was recently  also the venue for a Mumford and Sons concert  attended by 20,000 people!

We look forward to having more large-scale events held in Surrey, and Holland park seems like the natural place for such events considering its expansive size. It’s easy access to transit also makes it easily accessible by the rest of the lower mainland such as Vancouver, New West and Burnaby, which are all served by SkyTrain.

 

Public art at Holland Park

Public art at Holland Park

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Walking paths at Holland Park

 

The Fusion Festival at Holland Park

The Fusion Festival at Holland Park