Posted on April 24, 2014

Austin Heights: A New Downtown for Coquitlam

| Coquitlam, BC
West Coquitlam's neighbourhood of Austin Heights has long been a favourite place to lay down roots. Its border with Burnaby, and its proximity to Lougheed Town CentreSimon Fraser University and the upcoming Evergreen Line, make it a central and convenient hub. Yet, it still feels like its own distinct and welcoming neighbourhood.

During the 1970s and '80s, Coquitlam was a hotbed for urban sprawl and saw its residential neighbourhoods extend their borders bit by bit. To counter this continued sprawl and to build more walkable and transit-friendly pockets in Coquitlam, Coquitlam City Council adopted a plan in 2011 to modernize and revitalize the Austin Heights neighbourhood that could bring approximately 5000 new residents into the area, between Blue Mountain to Linton streets and Foster to Rochester avenues. Included in the plan is the expansion of Poirier Recreation Complex as well as the revival of Blue Mountain Park, improving amenities in the neighbourhood for both long-time and future residents

City councillors who passed the proposal in 2011 for revitalization of Austin Heights expressed their excitement for the welcome project. Tri-City News reported that Councillor Mae Reid explained, "It's been a long time coming to redevelop the Austin Heights area. It's not going to happen all at once but it will slowly start." Former Councillor Doug Macdonell, who grew up in the area, suggested, "We need the density to rehabilitate this area and make it a thriving community again." And, Councillor Neal Nicholson went as far as to call Austin Heights "the vibrant, new centre of Coquitlam."

Fast-forward three years and the redevelopment of Austin Heights is well underway. The expansion of the Poirier Recreation Complex is complete; more businesses are moving into the area while existing ones are benefiting from the new interest in the neighbourhood; and our piece of the puzzle, The Austin, is nearing completion, with only a few homes remaining. 

In the Austin Heights area, a rare balance has been struck: it has the perfect combination of the charm of yesteryear while bringing in the convenience and excitement of tomorrow. Its streets are bustling when you want and peaceful when you don’t. It's no wonder this dynamic neighbourhood - and The Austin in particular - is attracting first-time home buyers, families, and downsizing retirees alike.

For more information on the few remaining homes at The Austin, please visit: www.theaustin.ca