New Civic Projects Redefine Surrey and Attract Investment
March 01, 2011
Surrey – Mayor Dianne Watts and the City of Surrey kicked off construction of the new Surrey City Hall and Community Plaza at a celebration in City Centre today.
“We are creating Metro Vancouver’s second downtown core and it’s important to have a civic presence in City Centre,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “We’re redefining Surrey and positioning ourselves for growth over the next decade. These projects will act as a catalyst to stimulate further private sector investment and job creation, and will enhance the quality of life for our residents.”
The new City Hall and Community Plaza are part of the Build Surrey program, the most comprehensive construction and capital works program in the city’s history. The program will see a variety of community centres, recreation facilities and infrastructure projects built in every town centre over the next ten years to create vibrant, connected, pedestrian-friendly communities.
“On behalf of the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, we are excited to see the groundbreaking ceremony for our new City Hall and Community Plaza in City Centre,” says President Bill Rempel. “Surrey is an exciting, dynamic and growth-oriented city and our new City Hall will work as a catalyst to continue the transformation of our downtown core. As a result of the new City Hall, there will be opportunities for investment, job creation and attracting new people to the area which will result in a positive economic impact for our downtown. We look forward to building a vibrant City Centre with the Mayor, Council and business as we head toward becoming the largest city in the province.”
Other Build Surrey projects in City Centre include the new Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, a new 75,000 square foot regional library currently under construction, a covered youth park, a performing arts centre, as well as walking trails and beautification initiatives. In conjunction with the major new residential developments underway, these projects will support new commercial, entertainment, education, civic, and recreation opportunities for residents and businesses in Surrey.
Over the next 20 years, Surrey’s population is expected to grow by 200,000 people and City Centre is expected to expand by close to 10,000 residents and 30,000 employees.
“City Centre will become the new commercial, cultural and social hub of the city. We are welcoming many other exciting new developments to the area, including an expansion to Surrey Memorial Hospital and Simon Fraser University Surrey Campus, the new Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre, the new RCMP E Division headquarters, the new main administration building for the Surrey School District, and our new iconic downtown library, which opens later this year.”
The new 200,000 square foot City Hall, designed by Kasian/Moriyama & Teshima Architects, will be built on the south side of 104th Avenue, east of University Boulevard, and has a net cost of $50 million. The new Community Plaza will serve as a celebration site capable of accommodating up to 5,000 people. Construction is expected to be completed by the fall of 2013.
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Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor