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Delta throwback: New shopping mall pitched for Tsawwassen

Having a new shopping centre was reported to be much-desired by local residents
tsawwassen 12th and 56th mid 1960s
A view of the area of 12th Avenue and 56th Street in the mid-1960s.

Let’s head back to August 1968 when a major development plan for Tsawwassen was submitted to the Delta municipality.

The new shopping centre development proposed by George Hodgins Realty Ltd. was proposed for 13 acres immediately north of the Tsawwassen Safeway store.

Having been delayed for three years before finally being submitted, the application included a parking lot that could contain 706 vehicles as well as four high-rise apartment blocks, each containing approximately 100 suites.

A bowling alley and theatre were also included in the plan.

A story in the Optimist at the time noted the $10 million project would be architecturally designed with an emphases on landscaping.

The story also noted most of the stores shown in the proposed plan had been spoken for and ‘numerous’ nationally-known tenants would locate there.

Fast forward to this year and an application has yet to be submitted to the city for the eventual redevelopment of the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall.

Three years ago, Century Group president Sean Hodgins held an open house to unveil a proposed master plan for the site, showing a concept aimed at transforming the complex into a mixed-use urban village.

That plan, which has not had any further public engagement to date, included 700 condo units in eight low-to medium-rise buildings, as well as a new library at the heart of the development, an amenity that would be given to the city, which currently doesn’t own the Tsawwassen Library building.

The concept also had 120,000 square feet of ground-level retail.