Progress at Wembley

The recent Save-On-Gas station demolition is likely the most obvious sign of change coming to Wembley Mall.         - Neil Horner photo
The recent Save-On-Gas station demolition is likely the most obvious sign of change coming to Wembley Mall.
— image credit: Neil Horner photo

The City of Parksville’s Advisory Design Panel was scheduled this week to review a development permit application for a new Save-On-Foods building to replace the old Ken-Dor Garden Centre at Wembley Mall.

The application, from ICR Projects on behalf of mall managers Parksville Properties, is intended as the first step of a revitalization of the entire mall, which has lost a number of tenants in recent years.

Michelle Jones of Timberlake Jones Engineering, which is working on the project, said the new Save-On building only requires a building permit, though some re-zoning may be required for proposals down the road — including a second new building beside RE/MAX and the addition of a Canadian Tire.

Rumours have circulated since at least 2007 about Canadian Tire moving into the mall, but no official steps are being made public yet.

When Canadian Tire representatives held a community open house about building a store on the Big Tent campground site on the Englishman River in December, 2009, residents convinced them they didn’t like the location and preferred Wembley Mall.

Canadian Tire officials could not be reached for comment by press time and Wembley Mall representatives would only say the iconic Canadian company is among many possible tenants in the future.

The application will be forwarded to an upcoming city council committee of the whole meeting to begin the public approval process.



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