Burquitlam is a community in Coquitlam, BC, which is a suburb in the metro Vancouver area. Burquitlam is slated to be one of the new stations on the Evergreen Line which will undoubtedly impact the community. Burquitlam is boundaried by North Road on the West, Chapman Ave on the North, Blue Mountain on the East and Hwy 1 on the South. The image is an artist rendering of the proposed station and will be replaced with the real one when that happens.
On Monday, council-in-committee heard that city staff are looking at district energy for two sections of Burquitlam — where the Evergreen Line is to run along North and Clarke roads — as well as Austin Heights, Maillardville and the City Centre business core. ....
District energy, which aims to reduce reliance on fossil fuels by recapturing alternative sources like biomass and ground-source heat, is currently in the works or operating in several Metro Vancouver areas such as Lonsdale Quay, False Creek and University at SFU. Victoria's Dockside Greek as well as Revelstoke and Whistler also have district energy programs.
Coun. Brent Asmundson said Coquitlam is behind the eight ball and has missed many opportunities to implement district energy in high-rises. His comments were echoed by Coun. Mae Reid, a realtor, who noted district energy would be a good selling feature to prospective homebuyers.
"We are way behind," Reid said, shaking her head. "I just want to get on with this. I don't want us to be the last city in the Lower Mainland or B.C. to do this."
Under the plan, which council has yet to formally endorse, the city would help to set up private utility companies to install and run the systems in each of the neighbourhoods. When a private partner is selected, there would be a memorandum of understanding plus a year-long feasibility study before a final agreement is signed.
Bill Susak, Coquitlam's general manager of engineering and public works, who oversaw the North Van district district energy program, said staff are not recommending municipal ownership from the get-go because of capital costs and ongoing financial and operating risks; however, the city could take over the utilities in the future, he said.
This doesn't sound like it will cost me *less* money. But what do I know.
Shortly before Valentine's day there was a fire in the neighbourhood, just a block away from us.
"It looked like the fire started inside a boarded up building without power and without gas," he said. "In most of these cases the majority of times you find it was deliberately set."
Firefighters were dispatched shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday morning to battle the blaze after smoke was spotted by a Coquitlam RCMP officer out on patrol.
By the time crews arrived they found extensive fire on the main floor on the north side of the property. Crews quickly conducted a search of the premises and determined that the structure was not occupied.
Because the home was vacant and slated for demolition, Delmonico said crews took a more defensive approach to fighting the blaze. In cases where a perimeter attack is used, he added, the fire can often take longer to extinguish but keeps firefighters safe.
"Crews did the right thing," he said. "If they had done an interior fire attack... there is a greater risk for danger of one of our firefighters getting hurt."
The property is currently fenced off and patrolled by a security guard and another vacant building in the area has been secured, Delmonico added.
It's been quite a week, besides the fire, we've had the construction crews take out the power and a gas line.
I hope this isn't how the entire project is going to go - or should we expect a piece of concrete to come crashing through the living room?