November 2017 Update

The Plan

Nestled on Coquitlam’s only residential waterfront land, Fraser Mills envisioned plan is an exceptional mixed-use master plan community with unparalleled amenities. Overlooking the Fraser River, Fraser Mills will provide over 16 acres of public park, a state of the art public aquatic and recreation centre, comprehensive pedestrian and bike trails, pier, plaza, shops and other amenities that makes Fraser Mills a complete community for generations to come.

With anticipated buildout over 25 years, Fraser Mills will be home to approximately 4,700 families and individuals. The thoughtful design of the master-plan will provide wide range of shops, restaurants, offices and light production in a conveniently accessible community. Fraser Mills mixed-use master plan will offer opportunities to live, work and entertain in an environment surrounded by extensive greenspace while providing range of housing options for variety of families, ages and income levels.

Development Updates

Artist Rendering by Perkins + Will

Waterfront Park & Community Hub

As part of the first phase, Beedie is planning to build approximately 3.5 acres of public waterfront park, restaurant and a Community Hub at foot of King Edward Street. The first phase is intended to connect Coquitlam’s residents with the Fraser River and provide a gathering place for festivals and community activities.

The design of parks and trails system at Fraser Mills will provide an integrated network of open space, view decks, spray park and entertainment opportunities that fulfills recreational needs while enhancing the natural setting of the Fraser River. The progressively phased construction of the 16-acre park system at Fraser Mills will form the vision for a sustainable and healthy community.

Development Updates

Artist Rendering by Perkins + Will

Public Aquatic Centre, Pier and Plaza

As part of the proposed plan, Beedie is planning to build an approximately 40,000 sf public aquatic and recreation centre at no cost to Coquitlam’s residents. This plan has also envisioned construction of a pier, plaza, cafés and restaurants at the waterfront to create an active hub for families and individuals of all ages. The envisioned plaza will be the heart of Fraser Mills with dinning amenities, boutique retails and a public pier which will create a distinct public realm for Coquitlam’s residents, immediate and greater community.

Development Updates

Artist Rendering by Perkins + Will

Development Updates

Artist Rendering by Perkins + Will


December 2017 Update
Details From Open House

Site History

The Fraser Mills site has a unique, rich history, and is an important part of the City of Coquitlam’s legacy on the Fraser River. Fraser Mills was once the largest sawmill in the British Empire, and is considered to be the “birthplace” of Coquitlam. Maillardville became a settlement area for a diverse and multi-cultural population of mill workers, including a large French speaking population of migrants.

History Timeline

Proposed Changes - Land Use

Plan Area

Site area is increased from 36 hectares (89 acres) to 38 hectares (93.8 acres) due to the addition of the former Air Care site. Main Street at United Boulevard will be framed on both sides by new development.

Institutional

Elementary school removed by request of School District. Post-Secondary institution removed due to lack of demand.

Employment

The former Air Care site will be designated as a Production and Innovation Hub. The addition of an office building that will generate an estimated 271 projected jobs. Employment expected to exceed 1,500 jobs. Commercial and retail space focused on United Boulevard and Riverfront Plaza.

Housing Density

Proposed units: up to a maximum of 4,700 units (27% increase) in a combination of lowrise and high-rise building forms. Increase from 12 towers to 16 towers. Increase height from 18 - 38 storeys to 18 - 41 storeys.

Land Use

Proposed Changes - Public Benefits

Public Park Space

The amount of public park space has not changed but some reconfiguration has occured.

Amenities include 6.6 ha (16.35 acres) of parkland, wharf, pier, plaza, trails and the planned park amenities.

A 3,716 sq.m. (40,000 sq. ft.) public amenitiy centre is being explored.

Waterfront And Pedesstrian Trails

Permanent trails constructed in multiple phases as development proceeds west to east across the site.

Public Pier and Public Plaza

The Public Pier has been reduced to 50 m to better integrate with the Public Plaza.

The Kiewit Wharf is 1,207 sq.m. (13,000 sq.ft.) and will be upgraded for public use.

Pedestrian and Cycling Crossing

One crossing will be where Como Creek meets the Fraser River, and the other will connect to Brigantine.

Affordable Housing

185 units of rental housing on-site, including 93 market units and 92 below-market units.

$5.0 million cash contribution to the City’s Affordable Housing Reserve Fund.


What's New: Aquatic Centre

A vibrant Aquatic Centre and urban plaza will open up public access to the waterfront and serve as a community hub and destination for all Coquitlam residents.

Aquatic Centre

They will be the heart of the neighbourhood by connecting the community to the waterfront and acting as a focal point for vibrant community-oriented activities.

The urban plaza is in the existing plan but is being redesigned. It is envisioned to be pedestrian oriented, paved with unique materials and will include site furniture. The plaza edges will be defined by retail, the Aquatic Centre, and the Fraser River Pier will extend Main Street into the Fraser River.

The Plaza Area will Include:

  • Café’s, restaurants, boardwalks, public art, interpretive programming, and seating areas will animate the site with a variety of activities
  • Landscaping and new trees to provide shade and scale to the plaza
  • Children’s play area
  • Aquatic Centre adjacent to the plaza
  • Seasonal programming of festivals, farmer’s markets, buskers, food trucks and music

What's Changed: Riverfront Park

The Riverfront Park will be a community destination that will be activated with a variety of outdoor recreational activities.

Riverfront Park

The Riverfront Park will integrate with the surrounding community through a multi-use trail corridor and promenade along the bank of Fraser River that will extend northward along the Historic Como Creek Greenway to United Boulevard.

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Activities Will Include:

  • Linear and loop trails for strolling or cycling
  • Seating
  • Open space for leisurely activities
  • Art and artifacts reflecting the site’s natural and cultural history
  • Children’s play structure and spray park
  • “Flex” field for informal sports, and tennis and sports courts
  • Repurposed Wharf over the river

The Riverside Linear Park is a new connection that will extend eastward from the urban plaza along the Fraser River. The Riverside Linear Park will feature opportunities for park programming, active and passive recreation, play area, and art.

What's Changed: Employment Opportunities

Fraser Mills will be an important economic generator for the future of the City of Coquitlam with the creation of an estimated 1,500 jobs.

Employment Locations
Employment Map

As a complete community, Fraser Mills will offer a variety of employment opportunities in three unique areas.

1

Commercial, Office & Community Nodes

will feature destination retailers, a grocery store, and a restaurant.

2

Light Industrial Node

will feature a variety of job generating businesses diversifying the employment base of Coquitlam.

3

Production & Innovation Hub

will be located along United Boulevard and will be an important entity of the neighbourhood.


Phasing Plan

The proposed phasing strategy will ensure the delivery of the right mixture of amenities, infrastructure, residential and services from the start.

Phasing Plan

Phase 1

Develop the Riverfront Parkland and a portion of Historic Como Creek Park.

The Waterfront Trail will be developed with later phase sections to be developed to a temporary standard. The crossing at Como Creek mouth will be constructed.

Phase 2

Continues residential development to the east of Phase 1, adding homes along Main Street.

Phase 3

Add significant outdoor and commercial amenities by completing the Historic Como Greenway in tandem with building the Production & Innovation commercial node at United Boulevard and Main Street.

Phase 4

Deliver the Aquatics Centre, Riverfront Plaza and the surrounding mixed-use residential buildings. Construction of King Edward office building.

Phase 5 - 7

Complete the residential development on the eastern edge of the site.

Phase 8

Complete the Riverside Linear Park, Como Creek crossings, and the residential node.

Phase 9

Complete the neighbourhood with the construction of the remaining riverfront blocks.