The New Westminster Newsleader has recently featured the Brewery District as one of the main focuses of setting Sapperton apart from other neighbourhoods – a bustling, hip, urban area for young people.

“We’re really creating a mixed use community and a complete community all in that compact area,” [Jackie Teed, New Westminster’s manager of planning]. “It creates an environment where people are able to live and work and play right in their own neighbourhood.”

Perhaps a strong example of a similar concept in the works is Sapperton’s Brewery District, a lively area on the former Labatt site that has seen a boom in commercial and retail properties. Everything from yoga studios to sit-down restaurants to cafés have popped up, serving as a catalyst for development in the neighbourhood.

“There hadn’t been any new retail space created in Sapperton in about a generation prior to the Brewery District,” said Teed. “When the brewery left, the city really looked at what needed to be there.”

Teed said the next phase is beginning to move forward, bringing residential development to the area to sustain the new businesses.

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