Top Stories: Redevelopment of old Safeway site finally got underway

Reflecting on the headlines: The ‘sold’ sticker was slapped onto the for-sale sign at Chilliwack's old Safeway site in May.

The old Safeway building was levelled to the ground

The old Safeway building was levelled to the ground

Join us at The Chilliwack Progress as we take our readers on a thoughtful trip down memory lane. Our Top Stories will recap the most significant news events, milestones and emerging themes that have shaped Chilliwack in 2016. It was undeniably a notable year, from an unprecedented spike in homelessness, to major development news, to the community revealing its keen interest in crime and politics, and a most caring heart.

 

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The old Safeway site was seen as pivotal right from the get-go.

An ambitious developer with a bold and workable plan could conceivably help to kickstart redevelopment in the downtown core.

The ‘sold’ sticker was slapped onto the for-sale sign in May.

The central property, covering an entire city block, was purchased by Surrey-based developers, Mann Group.

Many downtown cheerleaders believe redevelopment hinges on precisely this kind of project, aimed at mixed-use, with a blend of commercial buildings and high-density housing.

Councillor Chuck Stam deemed the property purchase “a significant” investment for the downtown during the DP process.

Council approved rezoning of the entire block last year, going from commercial, to high-density multi-family residential, and commercial, as well as a CD 15, (comprehensive development) zoning.

It has a combined area of about three acres, bounded by Main Street, Kipp Avenue, Mary Street and Princess Avenue.

So locals are just starting to imagine what is coming down the pike.

Phase I of redevelopment at the old Safeway site at 9299 Main Street is now on the horizon.

The development permit for two commercial buildings was approved in November.

Phase I of the project features single-storey 7,000 sq. ft. buildings with a new customer parking area for the CD-15 portion of the property, which cover most of the site.

Phase 2 was zoned R6 for high-density multi-family residential development, and is oriented closest to Kipp and Mary Streets.