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Why Everyone's Talking About Brewery District

Vancouver Mixed-Use

There's a big buzz surrounding Brewery District, a nine-acre community under development in New Westminster, including 1.4M SF of retail, commercial, health, and residential space. Will it stay true to its name and fill its reservoir with lager? Allow us to dispel the myths...


Brewery District—located at Sapperton SkyTrain station, across from Royal Columbian Hospital—will comprise eight buildings, with 600k SF of office space and up to 750 residential units. There will also be a 65k SF health-services campus and daycare. Wesgroup Properties’ Amy Médard de Chardon tells us they recently submitted a development permit application for the first of four residential towers at Brewery District (above), being built on the old Labatt brewery site. She anticipates approval in early 2015, then sales and construction, and first occupancy in late 2016. The community’s information centre is under construction and is expected to open next month. 


Work has just been completed on Building Three, a 28k SF office building, and its anchor tenant, Health Sciences Association, moves in next month. The transformation of the old brewery site began in 2010, with the construction of Building Two (above), which includes a Save on Foods, TD Canada Trust, Take 5 Café, BC Biomedical, and Metro West Insurance. (Just like any time we're drinking at a brewery, we start number two before finishing the first.)


Building One (pictured) finished last year—and winner of a 2014 NAIOP Vancouver award—houses the head offices of TransLink and includes 29k SF of ground-floor retail: Kids & Co., Shoppers Drug Mart, Browns Social House, and Starbucks.