I want to help secure an ever brighter future for the village community of Fort Langley. For more than 12 years now, I have been dedicated to the revitalization and ongoing improvement of Fort Langley's commercial core.
Since 2005, I have assembled about 35% of the commercial area of Fort Langley, representing a significant opportunity for Fort Langley moving forward. With that comes significant responsibility, a responsibility that I take very seriously. During that time, I have completed multiple renovations of aging, previously neglected buildings, greatly improved Fort Langley's retail tenant mix, advocated for vital infrastructure improvements projects, and completed high-quality, environmentally-responsible new construction.
In Fort Langley (and nowhere else), I want to build buildings and great destinations that will endure. I want to build buildings that will matter, buildings that can make a real difference to my community's economic future, such as Coulter Berry does, while maintaining our low-rise unique village atmosphere. I believe in creating special destinations for people to enjoy for decades to come, not parking lots. I believe in textbook mixed-use, walkable design that can become far more than the sum of its parts, that starts with locating cars underground and/or out of sight.
Now that Coulter Berry is complete, I hope that I will be allowed to move forward with three proposals: Glover Mary Church, a boutique hotel the community has always wanted and deserves, a Cool Small Building to complement Fort Langley's historic-looking streetscape, and Glover Road West, a great mix of heritage preservation, playground, and multiple new destinations. The existing buildings on these sites badly need to be replaced, and I believe the quality of these proposals speaks for itself.
Regardless of the extra cost, I believe in pursuing the absolute best in sustainable building practices to conserve energy, such as geothermal, solar panels, and commitments to long-term investments in quality construction. This is why Coulter Berry will be the most energy efficient and sustainable mixed-use building within all of Langley. And just as important, Coulter Berry will be beautiful and befitting of Fort Langley, with extensive masonry, individualized façades, and a superb walkable design. Because Fort Langley is worth it.
Before Coulter Berry, I renovated the "Fort Mall" at 96th Avenue and Glover Road greatly improving its heritage character and walkability. I also won a Heritage Conversation Award from the Langley Heritage Society in 2012 for the restoration and renovation of three properties on the west side of Glover Road, including the Fort Grocery originally built in c.1915. There is much more work still to be done.
Before I started focusing on Fort Langley I was an internet entrepreneur and software developer. I have the privilege and opportunity to found or co-founded multiple internet companies during the very early days of the Internet, self-starting at the age of 18. I co-founded Internet Direct in 1994, and subsequently co-founded Mail.com in 1996, which completed an IPO on NASDAQ in 1998. My last internet company, DomainWorks, sold privately in 2007.
I love Langley. It is my home. I grew up in Langley City attending Stafford, graduating from Langley Senior Secondary. I studied Political Science at the University of British Columbia but left at the end of my 4th year to start Internet Direct. I live in the heart of Fort Langley's commercial core. I am serving my 5th year as President of the Fort Langley Business Improvement Association. I am also a Director of the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation. Feel free to contact me anytime, for any reason. All feedback is welcome.