Burnaby at Brentwood has gone full urban.
This is the Lougheed Highway at Willingdon – one the signature crossroads of our region. On the right, a massive mixed-use development called (awful name) Amazing Brentwood.
Ian Wasson at Burnaby City Hall gave me a heads-up: Brentwood was ready for a walk-through. And easy to get to – seamlessly connected to one of the most beautiful SkyTrain stations in the region.
At the same time Brentwood Mall was under redevelopment, the City rebuilt Lougheed into more of a complete street. There are at least four modes of movement integrated but separate, with great materials, thoughtful landscaping and exciting urbanism in three dimensions.
We’ll explore Brentwood this week. But here’s the judgment:
Brentwood is now a distinct station on the Millennium Line – like Oakridge on the Canada Line. It’s no longer car-dominant; it works more as a truly urban place, comparable to downtowns built before Motordom. Burnaby and Shape, the developer, were prepared to push past suburban compromises like Metrotown.
It could be a huge success – an urban landmark that will pull in people from all over the region, notably SFU, where the students will make this their territory too. It already feels like a place you’d want to come back to, just for the people watching and to meet others. It’s easy to get to because it’s an extension of SkyTrain.
If it all works, it will be amazing.