By Raminder Thomas
The Downtown Surrey BIA introduced a VIP panel to discuss the future of Surrey. On the panel were Mayor of Surrey, Mayor Doug McCallum, Joanne Curry, VP of External Relations with Simon Fraser University, Dale Lutz, Co-founder and VP of Development at Safe Software and Tim Grant, partner at PCI Developments. This group were chosen due to their commitment and investment to the downtown core of Surrey, City Centre.
The conversation was centred on a similar theme by all the members of the panel, that investing in City of Surrey was a risky endeavour, but resulted in a success for all those who took part. More importantly, it was expressed by everyone on the panel, that City Centre is just at the beginning of its transformation which will be a catalyst for the whole city itself. Mayor McCallum, repeatedly expressed with enthusiasm, that City Centre will be unrecognizable in five years.
The younger demographic, affordable housing options, and massive potential of growth were the key reasons that companies and organizations have invested in the past and will continue to invest in the future.
As one of the top 10 fastest growing urban centres in Canada, Surrey is poised to be the biggest city in BC by 2030. With that come unprecedented opportunities for those who are ready to be a part of something innovative and exciting.
With the upcoming investment in high-speed transit, support by City Hall in more investment in retail opportunities, and with people flocking to the city in hundreds every month, the City Centre is going to be the next big downtown core and can potentially surpass what Vancouver has to offer.
Leaving the discussion, you could only feel optimism for the future of the City Centre and Surrey. As someone who has lived here for over 17 years, I felt proud to be in a city that is full of continued opportunity. The future is bright in Surrey for families, business and investors.
Thank you to the Downtown Surrey BIA for hosting a great event. I look forward to the transformation, Surrey and City Centre will see over the coming years.