Profiled Project: Highgate Village, Burnaby

November 5, 2012
By: Reurbanist

The developer of Highgate Village was able to take advantage of the sloping site by locating parking partially below-grade. Vehicles enter at-grade off Kingsway at the front of the site, but due to the slope, are actually one level below-grade at the rear of the site. Small CRUs line Kingsway, creating an articulated frontage for passing pedestrians. Larger boxstores are located on the level above, but are directly accessible from Arcola Street behind. The only retailer with no frontage to the main arterial (Kingsway) is the BC Liqour Store. This lack of visibility is a minimal issue, however, as the Province constrains liqour store supply to such a degree that most units perform at 3x the North American average. Customers are more than happy to venture slightly out of their way to stock up on alcohol.

Highgate Village, Burnaby

This profile of Highgate Village is #1 of 5 in a series of urban retail project case studies.

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