A Message from the President and CEO
President and CEO SFU Community Trust
Photo Credit: Malcolm Parry / Vancouver Sun
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FU Community Trust was created, in 1997, with a challenge to build a “model sustainable community,” one that would be resilient and highly functional, socially, environmentally, and economically—an admirable community that others could replicate. We were challenged to be leaders.
the Canadian Institute of Planners gave UniverCity the National Planning Excellence Award in Neighbourhood Planning. As well, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities recognized the Trust and the City of Burnaby together with a Sustainable Communities Award in the inaugural category of Integrated Neighbourhood Development.
The evidence of our success is now unavoidable. Since our first residents moved in just seven years ago, more than 3,000 people now live in UniverCity on Burnaby Mountain. Thousands more rely daily on the shops and services that we have developed on the University High Street. Nearly 40 per cent of our residents are SFU students, staff, and faculty who can now walk to work, many dropping off their children at our new University Highlands Elementary School. In the coming months, they also will be able to rely on a new childcare centre— one that will set an all-new standard for both the excellence of its programming and, especially, its environmental performance.
One of the clearest endorsements of our performance comes from the prospective residents who continue to buy up new homes on Burnaby Mountain—usually before they are even completed. Of the last three projects initiated in UniverCity, the first, with 80 homes, sold out in eight weeks. The second, a 75-suite building, is nearly sold, and the third, including 104 homes listed in September, was 70 per cent sold at press time.
The quality of our development has been widely recognized in the professional community. In 2011,
In short, UniverCity has become a community that people want. There are many reasons for this. UniverCity has a convenient location; the intellectual and cultural enrichments of a university community; and, the physical attraction of a spectacular natural setting. But our developers— whom we have also challenged