Bosa, the project developer, opened NewPort’s first mixed-use buildings about 1997, squeezing them against the butt end of an existing shopping centre. The owners of the Heritage Mountain plaza clearly refused to play ball with Bosa; but NewPort’s Whistler-style streetscape, complete with cute upmarket shops, proved popular with consumers and home buyers from the start. Within a few years the village was ringed with apartment towers. Continue reading
Of all the Metro Vancouver suburbs, Port Moody has worked most diligently in the past 15 years to manufacture city-like environments, based on the expectation that rapid transit was coming soon. Thousands of people are waiting for that first train.
NewPort Village, a pedestrian-oriented ring of retail shops and condos protected from through traffic (some might call it “Whistler-style development”) opened about 1997. It’s been almost freakishly successful, attracting a cluster of residential towers.
More recently, development jumped to the west side of Ioco Road, where a kind of mini-Yaletown has sprouted up. In 2009, however, Mayor Joe Trasolini imposed a moratorium on high-density development in Port Moody. “The population in the last 15 years has doubled . . . we’re being criticized for growing too much without infrastructure in place.” Continue reading