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How should the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall be redeveloped?

Century Group is gathering public feedback including meetings next week
A file shot of the Tsawwassen Town Centre shopping centre which opened in 1971.

The public has another opportunity to provide feedback on design ideas for a redeveloped Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall.

An in-person meeting will be held at the mall (1299 56 St.) on Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.

A virtual meeting will be held the following day with people having to had sent their RSVP for the virtual meeting by Nov. 14.

Century Group president Sean Hodgins told the Optimist this September that the vision for Tsawwassen Town Centre is to transform what is now mostly a parking lot into an urban neighbourhood with homes over retail.

It would include a lot of public pedestrian space focused on a new public library and central plaza.  

“We have a lot of public consultation we've done and much more to do but what's different from Southlands is that there is now a public and political imperative to respond to the housing supply challenge,” he said.

He said multi-bedroom homes in Tsawwassen are sitting empty, while people want to find more housing choices within their community.

He added he hopes to submit an Official Community Plan (OCP) application to the city in early 2024.

Century Group held a public open house at the mall this September to gather ideas.

The new proposed plan for town centre is based on feedback and input received from the community.

The Nov. 21 event will summarize what they heard about aspirations to address current and future community needs, according to Century Group.

In 2019, Hodgins presented master plan options at an open house at the mall, showing a mixed-use urban village.

That proposal 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. An application, however, was not put forward at that time.