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What's next for Delta's Nordel Centre strip mall?

The complex reportedly sold for $2.9 million above its assessed value last year
Nordel Centre strip mall Delta BC
The shopping complex contains a variety of businesses including a pub.

It remains to be seen what new development might be on the horizon to replace an old strip mall in North Delta.

Containing 18 units, Nordel Centre at 11146 84 Avenue was sold last year for $21.35 million.

Located within the North Delta Social Heart area, the 142,263 square-foot land on which the shopping complex sits, has been subject of much recent speculation on social media as of late.

According to the City of Delta’s planning department, the city has not received a development application for the 3.22 acre (1.4 hectare) site.

The Official Community Plan designation for the site is Mixed Use (North Delta) 4, which anticipates a maximum of four storeys and up to 120 units per hectare for residential uses.

There are also development permit guidelines for the North Delta Social Heart.

Located at the corner of 84 Avenue and 112 Street, the complex was outside of the geographic scope of the Mayor’s Housing Task Force on Scott Road, which focused on the Scott Road corridor and submitted final recommendations last year.

The planning department, however, notes that the task force did recognize the importance of the 84 Avenue corridor in connecting Scott Road to the Social Heart.

The task force was directed to look at a broad range of housing forms ranging from low-rise to high-rise buildings and a mix of market, rental and affordable housing.

The task force came up with a new concept that breaks the Scott Road corridor into three main districts:

The Townline Innovation District (92 to 96 avenues), the Central District (79 to 90 avenues) and the Garden District (74 to approximately 63 avenues).

Nordel Centre would be connected to the Central District.

“The Central District brings together three unique neighbourhoods to form a larger complete district that is well-connected to North Delta's Social Heart. An important feature is a quieter north-south shopping mews that weaves through and links the three neighbourhoods while providing a high quality, safe, and vibrant pedestrian experience,” the task force’s final report explains.

The 84 Avenue stretch of the Central District along Scott Road is identified as a Gateway with low-rise buildings four-to-eight storeys and up the three storeys along 84 Avenue.

Further down Scott Road is the Central District’s Kennedy Heights area, which is located around Nordel Way. That area is recommended to have building heights up to 28 storeys allowed.