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Reimagining the Ladner waterfront

The city is also looking at options to reconfigure and redesign Chisholm Street
New public realm concepts are being considered for the vacant city-owned Seven Seas site. City of Delta image

The City of Delta is finalizing plans for a new Ladner waterfront and Chisholm Street.

Visitors to Ladner Harbour are greeted by a sign at the former Seven Seas property on the street which depicts a proposed development concept for the site into a public space. The public realm improvements for the city-owned property as well as Spot on the Water Park are seen as a key element for Ladner Village revitalization.

The proposed features for the vacant Seven Seas wharf property includes a public wharf that can host community events as well as a proposed walkway connection with seating, look-outs and lighting. Spot on the Water Park would have a playground, lighting seating and look-outs.

The city earlier this year issued a request for proposals for a consultant to prepare a preliminary design report, detailing several options, as well as the advantages, disadvantages and cost estimates of each.

It’s part of the Ladner Waterfront Public Lands Development Strategy and Chisholm Street Reconfiguration project, a site redevelopment strategy and concept for the revitalization of Delta-owned lands along the waterfront at Chisholm Street.

Coming up with a strategy was one of the recommendations by the Ladner Village Renewal Advisory Committee, which also discussed options to reconfigure Chisholm Street and future dike raising along the entire length of the street.

While final plans are on the horizon, the city recently issued a request for proposals for concrete repairs to the Seven Seas property.

According to the city, a comprehensive assessment revealed that the concrete structure had incurred some deterioration and weathering over the years. While none of the repairs are urgently required, the concrete deck remediation needs to be completed to ensure the long-term viability of the wharf.

Delta purchased the land with money provided from Port Metro Vancouver more than a decade ago, but it has yet to be developed.

The former Seven Seas fish processing plant, constructed in 1974, was demolished last year.

Council, in 2021, approved sweeping amendments to the Ladner Village Official Community Plan with the aim and encouraging redevelopment in the village and waterfront.

A recent report to council notes that staff are currently preparing for the redevelopment of city-owned land in the area to accommodate housing, consistent with the new Ladner Area Plan policy.

Development opportunities will be considered for the Delta Museum Annex and Elliott Street parking lot on Chisholm Street into mixed-use buildings “that contribute to the activity and vibrancy of the waterfront.”

Meanwhile, the city recently issued a request for proposals for the design and construction of a new multi-use pathway along the west side of Elliott Street from 47A Avenue to Chisholm Street. The detailed design is scheduled to be completed by April 2024. Construction would commence next summer with completion in the fall.