TRAPP: Even the most hum­ble older build­ing has unique de­tails

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“These com­po­nents, these her­itage el­e­ments, were spec­tac­u­lar,” says Fung, who, in the years ahead, will be merg­ing the old and the new in a 196-unit res­i­den­tial project aptly named Trapp + Hol­brook.

The blocks’ fa­cades will be re­con­structed and front a thor­oughly con­tem­po­rary 20-storey res­i­den­tial build­ing that will in­cor­po­rate street-level re­tail space.

“I find that for the older build­ings, even the most hum­ble of those build­ings, were given de­tail and at­ten­tion that’s very un­com­mon to­day for our most ex­pen­sive build­ings,” Fung says.

“So what we try and do is re­ally show off these el­e­ments from the past that can be pre­served, and then bring in the very high qual­ity ar­chi­tec­ture of to­day.”

Sales on the Trapp + Hol­brook homes launch to­day, and mar­ket­ing guru Bob Ren­nie, who has teamed up with the de­vel­oper for the first time, says the project is draw­ing the at­ten­tion of those who ap­pre­ci­ate the past, yet have prac­ti­cal, present-day con­cerns.

“They want to walk the streets,” says Ren­nie, not­ing the near­est SkyTrain sta­tion is but two blocks away.

“They want that en­vi­ron­ment, but they also want to get to work. They want the trans­porta­tion. So you’ve got peo­ple who re­ally re­spect the her­itage — and they want that — but they also have func­tion in their lives.

“How many com­mu­ni­ties can you find with an old world feel, on trans­porta­tion, and this close to town?”

While the his­toric fa­cade of Trapp + Hol­brook will be re­con­structed and re­tained, the build­ing’s con­dos will re­flect “a thor­oughly mod­ern liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with an ur­ban lifestyle unique in New West­min­ster”, says the Salient Group’s web­site.

As such, those homes will show­case the in­spired work of Cristina Oberti In­te­rior De­sign, and con­tain wide­plank hard­wood floor­ing, porce­lain tile bath­room floors, KitchenAid ap­pli­ance pack­ages, glass back­splashes and quartzite kitchen coun­ters. Floorto-ceil­ing win­dows and gen­er­ously sized bal­conies will per­mit views of the New West­min­ster Quay, the tugs in the Fraser River, and in some cases, of the North Shore moun­tains.

As the 766-square-foot, two-bed­room show home demon­strates, they will be ef­fi­cient, open-plan units, with a kitchen space that blends eas­ily into the liv­ing and din­ing area.

Trapp + Hol­brook, which will con­tain a large in­door-out­door amenity space with a fit­ness fa­cil­ity, bar­be­cue area, fire­side lounge and gar­den plots, has seen con­sid­er­able ac­tiv­ity at its Columbia Street pre­sen­ta­tion cen­tre since it opened re­cently, some by re­peat vis­i­tors, re­ports the prin­ci­pal of Ren­nie Mar­ket­ing Sys­tems.

“You know the buy­ers are real when they’re com­ing back with friends,” Ren- nie says, not­ing that some 600 peo­ple passed through the sales cen­tre the week­end it opened. “They’re com­ing back the fol­low­ing week­end and they’re drop­ping in after work for two or three visits.”

When com­plete, Trapp + Hol­brook will be an in­te­gral com­po­nent of the city’s ef­forts to re­vi­tal­ize of the area, says Fung, not­ing that the new water­front park and nearby civic cen­tre are also key el­e­ments of that city vi­sion.

Cast­ing his mind ahead a few years, the de­vel­oper imag­ines an in­ter­est­ing mix of street-level re­tail space that might in­clude restau­rants and cof­fee shops, and a vi­brant, hum­ming at­mos­phere that will draw pedes­tri­ans from morn­ing un­til evening. In other words, to re­store the area’s feel — not only in ap­pear­ance, but also in en­ergy.

“You know, this was the first down­town in the Lower Main­land,” Fung says. “It was among the most vi­brant and ro­bust com­mer­cial dis­tricts in the Lower Main­land. And that’s why it has this great en­ergy. It has his­tory. And all these com­po­nents are re­ally just cy­cling back, and be­com­ing very prom­i­nent again.”

Above, the suites are de­signed to max­i­mize the space, as seen here in the show suite. At left, a sin­glelever Delta Vero chrome faucet in the show suite.

Glenn Ba­glo, PNG, Van­cou­ver Sun

The dis­play suite at the Trapp + Hal­brook res­i­den­tial tower.

Floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows are to have glaz­ing and come with roller blinds.

Kitchens will be well-equipped and of­fer am­ple stor­age, quartzite coun­ter­tops and KitchenAid ap­pli­ances.

Many units will have panoramic views of the Fraser River.

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