Miramar residents aim to liven up city block

Upgrades to exterior of building among projects group hopes will help Russell Avenue.

Residents of the Miramar Tower A gather to decorate their lobby for Christmas

Residents of the Miramar Tower A gather to decorate their lobby for Christmas

Residents of a White Rock highrise are banding together to help make their block the “premiere street” in the city.

The entranceway to the Miramar Tower A – located at 15152 Russell Ave. – recently underwent $15,000 worth of cosmetic upgrades, according to strata council president Mark Krier, who told Peace Arch News the residents wants to help make the street more lively.

“Russell Avenue is becoming more and more popular, compared to a year ago even,” Krier said.

“Now that we have some new businesses on the street, it’s starting to have much more of a community feel.”

Krier said the project was strongly supported by the more than 200 residents of the building – which includes retirees, young families, professionals and snowbirds – and the group enlisted the help of local decorators and artisans to undertake the work.

Next up, the council plans to repaint some of the exterior, and readjust some of the lobby’s lighting in an effort to help the block appear more “vibrant.”

The upgrades were completed in time for dozens of building residents to gather in the lobby last month for a tree-decorating celebration – one of many social gatherings the building hosts throughout the year, something Krier said is a testament to the “unique” community in the large building.

“You can come here any day and find people talking with each other,” Krier said. “We’re all friends here.”