Town Centre plan would take away small town charm

Editor:

Getting back to the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall redevelopment plan, I would like to point out a couple of facts.

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Firstly, the initial application was rejected because it was a six-storey building fronting 56th Street. It is now a five-storey building fronting 56th Street. Surely this is virtually the same thing and should be rejected.

Secondly, the underground parking. As with all high-rise apartment buildings, the first two levels of underground parking are reserved for residents and retail. Therefore, the public (you and me) will have to park three levels down.

Lastly, the 16-, 14- and 12-storey high-rise buildings. I was under the misapprehension that six storeys was the maximum height. My personal feeling is that this is a negotiation stance by Century Group to try and get away with a possible 10, eight and six storeys. I am sure there is a wordsmith out there who is going to tell me how wrong I am and what a wonderful idea this is.

In the 2019 edition of the Delta Visitors Guide, a headline reads: “Delta retains its small town charm.” If this application goes ahead, it will have to be changed to: “Delta has lost its small town charm.”

Ivor Hewitt

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