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Wine bar with outdoor patio could join District 1881 in downtown Chilliwack

‘I could not be more excited to see the revitalization plan…coming to life,’ says applicant
A new wine bar could be joining District 1881 in downtown Chilliwack, according to application for liquor primary licence. (Algra Brothers floor plan)

A new wine bar with an outdoor patio could be joining the hive of new businesses at District 1881.

City council recommended approval of the liquor primary licence application for Fortitude Wine Bar at the July 20 council meeting.

The applicant said the new business would be filling “an untapped market” in the neighbourhood focused on serving premium wine like B.C. VQA products, non-alcoholic beverages and a limited menu in an “upscale yet unpretentious atmosphere.”

If approved, the new liquor primary (LP) business would “complement” the District 1881 development the letter-writer posits “as there is a demographic that is not being catered to on this level.”

The wine bar and patio would be situated across from two duplexes.

“I could not be more excited to see the revitalization plan of the downtown core coming to life,” according to the letter of intent from the applicant.

“It has been exciting to see new independent retail spaces, commercial, residential, restaurants and brewing companies come on board successfully investing in the community.”

The address would be 103 - 45922 Thunderbird Lane (known as 9298 Young Road), which once it is constructed would be building 5 within the District 1881 development. The 3.75-acre site is morphing into a destination combo of retail, commercial, residential and mixed-used development, in a multi-year, multi-phased development.

“The addition of a wine bar, including an outdoor patio area, is anticipated to integrate into the existing neighbourhood with minimal impact to the surrounding land uses,” according to the staff report.

“As the proposed location is within an established commercial area with a variety of uses, including other brewery establishments, the proposed business is considered to be in keeping with the surrounding area and the intent of the zoning, Official Community Plan and the Downtown Land Use and Development Plan.”

The RCMP and Chilliwack Fire had no issues with the LP application, which is under consideration for approval by the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.

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Jennifer Feinberg

About the Author: Jennifer Feinberg

I have been a Chilliwack Progress reporter for 20+ years, covering the arts, city hall, as well as Indigenous, and climate change stories.
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