Fraser Mills is envisioned as an exceptional and complete neighbourhood with unparalleled amenities nestled on what will be Coquitlam’s only residential waterfront.
Fraser Mills has a unique, rich history and is an important part of the City of Coquitlam’s legacy on the Fraser River. With this connection to Maillardville, the Fraser Mills Heritage Plan will remain informed and important driver and a significant aspect of the development.
As a key employment centre, Fraser Mills will also offer a rich mix of uses to support a vibrant live-work- play neighbourhood. The neighbourhood will integrate residential, light industrial, commercial, office, retail, education and recreational uses to create a compact and complete neighbourhood, anchored by sustainable development objectives. Recreational uses focus on creating a generous network of green spaces linking the community to the Fraser River waterfront.
The programmed green space is comprised of over sixteen beautiful acres of parkland including the Historic Como Creek Linear Park and the 4.2-acre Riverfront Park. A vibrant urban plaza and band shell for live music will animate the riverfront.
Fraser Mills will provide a variety of housing types for families and individuals, leading to a vital neighborhood. The diverse offering of residential buildings and unit types include low-rise, mid-rise, high-rise and townhomes. Homes will include market condominiums, rental homes and below market rental homes with additional contribution to the Cities affordable housing fund.
An important economic generator for the future of the city of Coquitlam, Fraser Mills will create over 1,700 permanent jobs. These jobs will offer a variety of employment opportunities in unique areas including retail, grocery, community, light industrial, and a production and innovation hub, which will house a range of large scale and small scale commercial and industrial uses. Currently onsite are multiple successfully operating businesses, one of which is Olivier Breads combining commercial baking with a neighbourhood-oriented storefront. Another, AG Hair headquarters, on the foot of King Edward Boulevard, received the prestigious best Industrial Building Design Award by the Urban Development Institute (UDI).
Committed, purpose-built daycare spaces and a proposed planned school site have been thoughtfully incorporated in the masterplan design.
All buildings will exceed green building performance requirements, with energy efficiency, durability and life-cycle performance. Each building will optimize its site based on environmental aspects and maximizing sun and shade opportunities, natural light and ventilation. Sustainable and high performing building technologies and step-code will ensure durability and maintenance efficiencies.
There will be multiple opportunities for Coquitlam residents to connect with the Fraser River including the 4.2 acres Riverfront Park, and an Urban Plaza at the heart of Fraser Mills creating an active community hub for all. To animate the urban plaza, a series of restaurants and cafes are imagined, in addition to boardwalks and a seating area focused on the river. Children’s play in the park and seasonal programming of festivals, farmer’s markets, buskers, food trucks, music and stage performances will welcome everyone.
A comprehensive pedestrian network and bike lanes, car share and an enhanced Transit service to the Braid Skytrain station is included in the envision plan to strengthen the connectivity to transit routes and regional bike system.