The Secret Is Out: Whole Foods To Anchor SOLO District

 

The ink is fresh and the deal is done. Whole Foods, the popular organic supermarket chain, will be built as an anchor retail space in phase one of  SOLO District construction.

 

The announcement, made by Whole Foods co-founder and co-CEO John Mackey and Jim Bosa this week, was made public in Burnaby Now this week.

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Livability: For One Businessman, It’s About Connecting, Community

 

The words blaze across the walls surrounding the six-acre site at Lougheed and Willingdon: SOLO District: Burnaby’s Most Livable Community.

 

It’s a strong claim to make. But though SOLO District ground has yet to be broken, Appia Developments can stand by those words. The proof lies about 17 kilometres east.

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What Makes A Community “Livable?”

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SOLO District’s signs make it clear: it will be Burnaby’s most livable neighbourhood. But what is livability? Jim Bosa’s Appia Development – builders of several BC communities – has brought years of experience in constructing convenient, healthy, and, you guessed it, livable communities into its vision of SOLO District.

 

The basics of a livable neighbourhood include a low crime rate, social equality, economic stability, access to health care, education and employment. However, SOLO District adds even more to the list: a diverse population, social activity, and ease of movement. Here’s why: (more…)

A Sign Of Things To Come

 

On Wednesday, Imperial Signage installed a new eye-catching sign at SOLO District’s presentation centre.

 

Thanks to the elevation of the SOLO District site, the tall sign on the front lawn of the presentation centre can be seen from at least a kilometre away on Willlingdon.

 

There’s also a new sign above the presentation centre doors, while landscapers were kept busy in the pouring rain planting perrenial shrubs and decorative grasses around the building’s perimeter.

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SOLO District: Moving Forward With Car-Sharing Options

They’re everywhere: smart cars, sedans, hybrids, even pickups and mini-vans, emblazoned with logos: Zip, Modo, Car2go. The car-sharing phenomenon, once relegated to eco-minded activists, has gone mainstream across Greater Vancouver.

 

Residents of the upcoming SOLO District can sell their cars, because they too will have access to a car-sharing vehicle. Homeowners will get access to on-site vehicles, which will be permanently parked in the area or in the building’s parkade.

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SOLO District: A Vibrant Community Hub

Much like Newport Village, where Kirsten Anderson runs the Village Toy Shop, North Burnaby’s SOLO District will extend beyond the conventional condo project, mixing homes with community amenities.

 

For Anderson, running a business (and living) in a community built by Bosa and Appia Developments is about relationships; especially those she’s formed with the children in the community. When Anderson first arrived in Newport Village, she got to know a lot of the toddlers who lived there.

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Mixing It Up: Community Vibe A Retailer’s Dream

 

Finding the perfect spot for a new toy shop seemed like an impossible feat for Kirsten Anderson.

 

For about a decade, as the owner of the Granville Island Toy Shop, Anderson enjoyed one of the best locations a kids’ retailer could ask for.

 

When she left Granville Island in 2001 and started to look for another location, she realized that her next toy shop needed the same vibe. Outside of Granville Island, there were few, if any, spots with regular foot traffic, and the constant neighbourhood buzz that only a tight-knit community can provide.

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SOLO: Building Community, Building Family Legacy

 

On the surface, the site for the planned SOLO District at Lougheed and Willingdon in Burnaby, a project by Appia Developments may look like any construction zone.

 

As a neighbourhood, SOLO (an acronym for South of Lougheed) will encompass four residential towers, about 100,000 square feet of shops and 400,000 square feet of office space in six acres.

 

But behind the numbers lies an intriguing story of two generations of a family devoted to changing the suburban landscape of Greater Vancouver.

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SOLO District: Rising From Humble Beginnings

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  (Left to right: Nat Bosa, Jim Bosa, Ryan Bosa)

 

In the beginning, there was a 13-year-old boy who, with his family, immigrated to B.C. from Treviso, Italy, a small town near Monte Grappa. Within three years of arriving in Canada, that boy, Nat Bosa, left high school to join his brothers in a house-framing company.

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