Another stage in the asphalting of the Fraser Delta continues apace:


From Business in Vancouver:

The region’s largest new mall project in years, the 1.2 million-square-foot Tsawwassen Mills at the corner of Highway 17 and 52nd Street in Delta, is slated to open on October 5 and provide jobs for thousands of people. …

The 550,000-square-foot Tsawwassen Commons Shopping Centre, adjacent to Tsawwassen Mills, is expected to have a phased opening this fall, although it is unclear how many of its tenants will be open by the holiday season. …

“Metro Vancouver is nowhere near served by as much retail space on a per-capita basis as there is a capacity for,” said James Smerdon, who is a Colliers International vice-president and director of its retail consulting.

“There will be a spike in per-capita retail space when Tsawwassen Mills opens, but we have 50,000 people moving here each year.”


Sandy James, one of PT’s co-editors, will be doing a lot of coverage of what the Mall means in context – a tough subject to tackle given the involvement of the Tsawwassen First Nation.  But more importantly what is the larger intent of the Province, which is directing billions of dollars in the construction of infrastructure that, not coincidentally, serves to feed this far corner of the region on its most sensitive, below-sea-level soils.

Another important question: Will the mall survive?  The retail consultants, of course, think it will.  If it does, what does that mean for the ALR and urban development South of the Fraser.  If not, what happens then?

What other issues should be addressed?