Looking at the overall 20-year, 3-phase BMR plan, the biggest impact appears to be made immediately with Phase 1 as the 2 tallest towers in Burnaby and potentially Metro Vancouver will accompany the costruction of the Entertainment Plaza and district.
The poster boards on display for the project are available for online viewing at Shape Properties' site.
The BMR will result in two new traffic signals; one on Lougheed at Alpha and the other at Willingdon at a new entry into the mall north of Halifax and south of Brentlawn. Both Lougheed Hwy and Willindgon Ave are expected to have 6 lanes improve automobile traffic flow. Hopefully the signals will be synched with the existing signals or else it`s going to be a traffic nightmare for drivers. The entry at Alpha will eventually become a full-fledged intersection with drivers being able to cross Lougheed to and from the mall at Alpha.
Beta entry/exit to remain
In earlier BMR presentations, the currently chaotic Beta Ave exit/entry at the southeast end of the mall lot was projected to be closed off to divert traffic to Lougheed Hwy in order to facilitate the development of the smaller, quieter town square in Phase 2 of the BMR. However, the recent open open house poster boards indicate that the Beta entrance will remain as it is. Time will tell how the problem of pedestrians attempting to navigate through traffic from Brentwood Drive to the future Brentwood Boulevard will be addressed as the amount of auto traffic coming into the currently underused southeast parking lot increases with the arrival of the 50,000 square foot food store.
As the BMR progresses, the surrounding parking lot will give way to above-ground amenities and underground parkades. The Entertainment Plaza will be built above a multilevel parkade with connections preconstructed to join up with future entrances built during phases 2 and 3, including the future entrance that will be situated between Alpha and Beta Aves.