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The massive Centre Block redevelopment in Surrey City Centre could be defined by one of Metro Vancouver’s future tallest buildings. If it were built today, it would be significantly taller than the tallest towers in downtown Vancouver.

This is a redevelopment of the city-owned property currently occupied by the permanently closed North Surrey Recreation Centre — located immediately west of SkyTrain’s Surrey Central Station, and north of Central City shopping mall. The project is being spearheaded by the municipal government as an economic development catalyst for the city centre, similar to its involvement in the 2018-built, 516-ft-tall (157 metres) 3 Civic Plaza tower just to the north.

The tall East Tower, the first phase of the redevelopment, located at the centre of the site, would have 47 floors due to the higher ceiling heights for office space compared to residential uses, with a total floor area of about 926,000 sq ft.

The height of the East Tower is 79 ft (24 metres) taller than the 659-ft (201 metres) Living Shangri-La in downtown Vancouver, the current tallest building in Metro Vancouver. It would also be slightly taller than the region’s future tallest building currently under construction — Onni Group’s Two Gilmore Place in Burnaby at 708 ft (216 metres).

But the East Tower would not surpass the height of the region’s two future tallest towers, including the 755-ft-tall (230 metres) Concord Metrotown Two tower, which is expected to be built towards the middle of this decade. There is also a proposal to build an 82-storey tower, estimated to be roughly 800 ft (243 metres) in height, next to SkyTrain’s Lougheed Town Centre Station with a mix of retail, hotel, and residential uses.

Additionally, East Tower would be the tallest office tower in Metro Vancouver, exceeding the 530-ft-tall The Stack office tower currently under construction in downtown Vancouver.

Centre Block North’s second phase is for a West Tower at the northwest corner of the development site — the southeast corner of the intersection of University Drive and Central Avenue, just south of the City Centre branch of Surrey Libraries.

This West Tower would have a height of 328-ft (100 metres) with 19 storeys, including a four-storey podium. The building’s total floor area would reach 452,000 sq ft, composed mainly of commercial office and institutional space.

Both towers combined in the application would generate a total floor area of approximately 1.37 million sq ft — roughly 90,000 sq ft larger than downtown Vancouver’s The Post development currently under construction, which is the repurposed Canada Post building for Amazon’s corporate office expansion and new retail and dining space.












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The City of Surrey is launching a pilot project aiming at slowing traffic on residential streets. The plan will see speed limits dropped to 30 km/h in three neighbourhoods, and to 40 km/h in three others.

City staff are looking to study how lower speeds affect driver behaviour, and will compare the effects of the two different speed limits. The study builds on research showing pedestrians struck by a driver at 30 km/h has a 90 per cent chance of survival, while a person struck at 50 km/h has just a 15 per cent chance of surviving, according to the city.

Signage has been installed warning drivers of the reduce speed limits and that they are entering a “slow streets area.” The lowered speed limits will be in place until December.

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The South's so-called capital isn't nicknamed Hotlanta for nothing, y'all. Charismatic and lush, Atlanta is a feverish, easy-on-the-eyes cavalcade of culture, cuisine and Southern hospitality. Here are some of the best things to do in Atlanta.

Put a little South in your mouth

Atlanta's once-stuffy culinary scene has evolved over the last decade into one of the most vibrant and dynamic dining scenes in the Southeast, if not the nation. You can nosh on bountiful, filling fare around Atlanta's Southern-fried cafes or go-for-broke at many New Southern and New American foodie darlings or at trendy and upscale options – filling your belly in Atlanta ain't no joke. Top chefs like Ford Fry, Anne Quatrano, Kevin Gillespie, Kevin Rathbun and Hugh Acheson are just a few of the city's most creative cooks.

Lounge in Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park, Atlanta's largest green space, is a pristine, 185-acre urban oasis in the middle of Midtown that has it all, from history (Atlanta's first professional baseball team played in the park from 1902–04) to numerous music and cultural festivals to bars, breweries and big-ticket attractions such as the Atlanta Botanical Garden. But it works just as well as a place to picnic, go for a run or bike ride, or tuck away under a tree for an afternoon nap.

Take in a game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta's new, sustainably bent and architecturally wowing Mercedes-Benz Stadium easily ranks as the coolest sports stadium in North America. The $1.6 billion multipurpose, eight-petal retractable roof stadium is home to the Atlanta Falcons as well as the hottest new team in Major League Soccer, Atlanta United FC. Even if you don't manage to catch a game, it's worth popping into the latest addition to the city's skyline – organized tours visit the locker rooms and field, among other behind-the-scenes locations.

Get a drink

Traditionally Atlanta has lagged behind more brew-friendly Southern cities like Asheville, Nashville or Memphis due to legislation that prevented on-site beer sales at breweries. With that law in the rearview mirror as of 2017, Atlanta is poised to become the South's next best beer city, led by one of the most iconic names in American brewing, Mitch Steele, at New Realm Brewing Co. In other Atlanta drinking news, craft cocktails form the foundation of the city's lively bar scene, which fuels nocturnal madness in hot neighborhoods from Decatur to Buckhead.

Have lunch at the Ponce City Market

A mixed-use complex housed inside the historic former Sears, Roebuck and Co headquarters in Atlanta, the largest brick structure in the Southeast. More than 20 food vendors occupy this food hall, ranging from candy sellers to Holeman & Finch (Atlanta's best burger), At the Tap (56 taps of craft beer), Spiller Park Coffee, Indian street kabobs and a Moroccan joint.



















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Lamborghini has powered into the new year like a raging bull to a red flag. The Italian marque has posted a record-breaking first quarter with sales reaching the highest point in its 58-year history.

The Sant’Agata Bolognese automaker recently announced it delivered a total of 2,422 six-figure four-wheelers in the first three months of 2021, marking its best results since it was founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini back in 1963. The news comes shortly after rival Rolls-Royce posted its best quarter ever, signaling luxury marques may be making a significant rebound one year into the pandemic.

Lamborghini’s Q1 sales were more than 25 percent greater than the same period of 2020 and 22 percent higher than the first quarter of 2019, which now stands as second best. Among the markets, the US, China and Germany have all shown positive momentum at this early stage of the year.

Lamborghini’s Urus SUV continues to be the marque’s most popular model with a total of 1,382 snapped up from January to March. Coincidentally, the 650 hp SUV is popular with Robb Report, too, taking top honors as Car of the Year in 2019. The 2021 Urus is priced from $218,000, which means the automaker raked in around $301 million from the model.

The second-highest seller was the V-10 powered Huracán. A cool 753 models of the 602 hp supercar found homes in the first quarter. At roughly $208,000 a pop, those Huracáns generated approximately $157 million for the marque.

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San Josef Bay, British Columbia

With a reputation for tempestuous weather and tricky access, northern Vancouver Island excels in wild lonesome beaches. The 1.6-mile (2.5km) trail to San Josef Bay starts at the end of a 43-mile (70km) unpaved logging road from Port Hardy. When the forest finally parts, you’ll be delivered onto a windswept expanse of crashing surf and forested sea stacks where bushes and trees have been contorted by fierce Pacific storms. Bring a tent and binoculars. You can camp right on the smooth sandy beach and the "bins" will enhance your appreciation of the resident wildlife including eagles and ospreys.

Stanhope Beach, Prince Edward Island

The huge, dune-rimmed beach at Stanhope on the north shore of Prince Edward Island sees far fewer tourists than its immediate neighbors. For a quiet ramble, free of bustle and bounding dogs, head into its marram-grass dunes, an important nesting site for the piping plover.Continue west and you’ll encounter the Covehead Harbour Lighthouse, a white clapboard structure that exudes a diminutive PEI charm. Track east, and you’ll end up at Dalvay by The Sea, a handsome Queen Anne revival style hotel built in 1895.

Wasaga Beach, Ontario

Canada might not plug its beaches like its national parks or cosmopolitan cities, but it can legitimately claim to possess the longest freshwater beach in the world. Wasaga Beach, in the Ontario town of the same name, is a 8.7-mile-long (14km) expanse of soft sand that kisses the shores of Georgian Bay in Lake Huron. This is the closest full-fledged beach resort to Toronto and thousands of visitors pile in every summer when the elongated strip can get rowdy.Notwithstanding, the beach is part of a provincial park meaning it’s equipped with trails, park naturalists and opportunities to spot owls and woodpeckers. The well-used sand is split into six zones. Areas one and two are the most heavily trafficked, five is best for families, six suits social distancers. All have warm, shallow water that’s safe for swimming.

Chesterman Beach, British Columbia

Choosing your favorite beach in Canada’s surfing capital, Tofino, is like choosing your favorite deluxe sports car. They’re all ridiculously good. Most surveys list Long Beach at No. 1 because it’s, well, long; but many Tofitians (locals) rank the surfer’s hub of Chesterman as the most complete scimitar of sand.Unlike Long Beach, Chesterman is close enough to town to reach by bike (with your surfboard clipped to a special bike-rack) and firm enough to cycle on if you need some leg exercise before cresting the Pacific waves. Ringed by rock-pools, islets and a narrow sand spit, it’s beautiful in both early morning mist and fiery orange-ripple sunset. The surfing, of course, is sublime.

Parlee Beach, New Brunswick

With the warmest sea water in Canada and International Blue Flag certification proclaiming its safety, accessibility, and environmental credentials, Parlee is far and away New Brunswick’s finest ribbon of sand. The beach is soft and golden and the water shallow and positively balmy. In high summer, lifeguards patrol at all hours making it a favorite among families.Commercialization is kept to a minimum with grassy dunes buffering a manicured strip of showers, change rooms, and poutine-plying eating joints. Locals in the know, save their appetites for the nearby lobster capital of Shediac. The Beach Boys once played a concert at Parlee adding to the beach’s carefree rock n roll spirit.

Kitsilano, British Columbia

Kitsilano is arguably Vancouver’s (and Canada’s) best urban beach, a freewheeling nugget of Southern California chopped off and transported one thousand miles north. Backed by cool cafes and an attractive park, Kits exudes a sporty, laid-back vibe, especially in summer. Beach volleyball is the game of choice although there are also enough grassy expanses to spread out and toss a frisbee or football. The yellow arc of sand is sugary and clean with views across the water toward Vancouver’s glass skyscrapers and the North Shore mountains opposite. If swimming in boat-filled English Bay doesn’t entice you, Kits also has an enormous nearly 450ft-long (137m) saltwater pool, one of the largest of its kind in the world. 

Shallow Bay, Newfoundland & Labrador

The bay is shallow, the beach is long, and the sunsets are spectacular. This gentle swathe of sand protected within the boundary of Gros Morne National Park on Newfoundland has a mellow Caribbean feel, until you dip your toes in the 59ºF (15ºC) waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence. Kayaking is a popular activity here. You can cast off from the beach and navigate the sheltered waters of Belldowns Island where arctic terns nest before undertaking their marathon migration south. Whales can sometimes be spotted out at sea and, when the weather turns chilly, beachside paths turn into cross-country skiing trails.

Annette Lake, Alberta

Landlocked Alberta relies on its lakes to entertain summer beach seekers. While the province has plenty of watery escapes to lure the sand-starved, few are as perfect as tiny Annette Lake in Jasper National Park with its forested shoreline, gothic mountain backdrop and invigoratingly cold glacial waters.Short and narrow, Annette’s nodule of sand is barely the length of a frisbee throw, but herein lie other quirks. This is one of those rare beaches where you might want to pack some bear spray alongside your blow-up raft: grizzlies are sometimes spotted in the area. Elk and mule deer provide more innocuous company.

Plage de la Grande Échouerie, Québec

Administratively, the Îles de la Madeleine archipelago is in Québec; geographically it’s way closer to the Maritimes. Possessing an astounding 217 miles (350km) of beaches juxtaposed with iron-rich red cliffs, its pièce de la résistance is this 6-mile (10km) sweep of pale sand on the Anglophone island of Grosse Île.

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