Braid SkyTrain Station area would be good site for regional office
The B.C. Ministry of Transportation proposes to build a new regional office building at the former Bargain Castle property sandwiched between the Trans-Canada and Lougheed highways in Coquitlam.
The building will also house the tolling operations centre for the new Port Mann Bridge and a post-disaster command centre for Metro Vancouver.
The building will accommodate 300 people.
The proposed location is susceptible to recurrent flooding. It would have poor access by public transit, requiring a bus connection from the nearest SkyTrain stations.
It is isolated.
A better location to build this facility would be on vacant property adjacent to the Braid SkyTrain Station in New Westminster.
The Braid site would offer live-work possibilities, fostering “green” community development.
This new facility could bring needed employment to the City of New Westminster.