District of Maple Ridge

District of Maple Ridge

February 25, 2009 11:00 ET

The District of Maple Ridge Named One of Canada's "Top Five Most Renovator-Friendly Cities"

Maple Ridge is the only city in British Columbia to be Recognized for its Strong Working Relationship with Building Contractors

MAPLE RIDGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2009) - The District of Maple Ridge is pleased to announce that the municipality has been named one of the "Top Five Most Renovator-Friendly Cities" in Canada by Canadian Contractor magazine, Canada's leading authority for renovation and building professionals. Maple Ridge is the only city in British Columbia to be recognized by the Canadian Contractor ranking and is joined by Calgary, Alberta, Fredericton, New Brunswick, and Barrie, Ontario, with an honourable mention granted to Airdrie, Alberta.

"Maple Ridge is honoured to receive national recognition for our building practices and our city's innovative and collaborative approaches to developing our neighbourhoods," said Sandy Blue, manager of economic development for the District of Maple Ridge. "Our municipality is committed to making our city one of the best places to live, work and build in the world."

The District of Maple Ridge was named a top city for building contractors for several reasons. First, Maple Ridge's downtown core is ripe for redevelopment-in the last few years alone 1,500 units have been added to the municipality's residential stock. The District is also working with builders to create workable tax incentives for those interested in increasing density by rehabilitating the City's downtown core.

Additionally important to the District's future success is the construction of the Golden Ears Bridge, that will link Langley and Surrey on the south side of the Fraser River with the north side communities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, and the new Pitt River Bridge and interchange project. Both bridges will be important regional transportation links and will help support the District's economic growth and projected doubling of its population in the next five years.

"With the economic mood as it is, we thought it was time for us to acknowledge those municipalities that are working to make the lives of contractors easier, the market livelier and ongoing business growth possible," said Robert Koci, editor of Canadian Contractor magazine. "Maple Ridge showed us it is making a real effort to support its local building contractors and renovators."

Also recognized was the District's strong local economy despite the current recession as well as its award-winning sustainable Silver Ridge subdivision featuring Portrait Homes. In 2007, the Silver Ridge subdivision was awarded the Gold SAM Award for the Best Residential Community in Canada. This livable suburb so far has had zero-impact on storm water runoff. Maple Ridge's Smart Growth Plan in partnership with Simon Fraser University was also praised for its focus on green innovation, infill development and the rehabilitation of centrally-located properties.

The story, "The Cities That Love Us", was published in the February/March issue of Canadian Contractor, (http://www.canadiancontractor.ca/). The top cities were determined after six weeks of independent research and more than 50 interviews conducted by the magazine's editorial team.

About Maple Ridge

The District of Maple Ridge is situated on the shores of the Fraser River and nestled against the Coast Mountains. Located 45 kilometers east of Vancouver, the District is a progressive community well-known for its beautiful countryside and spectacular scenery. Maple Ridge is a high-tech community of urban sophistication that retains a sense of rural charm and is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts or equestrians. To learn more, please visit www.investmapleridge.ca.

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