A renovated Haney Place Mall will reach out to Lougheed Highway with a new pedestrian plaza on 226th Street, new landscaping throughout the parking lot, trees and seating.
Mall owner Narland Properties recently bought the two lots on 226th Street, one of which used to hold a car wash, to provide more visibility for the mall, and will also use them to add another 39 parking stalls.
A new walkway will also connect from Selkirk Avenue to the mall “to create an enhanced landscape and provide a pedestrian-friendly environment.”
The company is seeking a development permit to allow it to do the work in preparation for the arrival of Thrifty Foods next year, when the Vancouver Island-based-grocery chain opens in the old Safeway section at the east end of the mall.
Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin said the corner at 226th St. and Lougheed Hwy. will have a similar appearance to recently rebuilt 224th Street. Total value of the facade renovations will be about $66,000.
“It’s a start. There are things we can’t ask for because it’s just a development permit.”
He said the redecoration will make a difference to the downtown streetscape.
“They have done a good job, for sure.”
Thrifty Foods is supposed to open its 35,000-sq.-foot location in the new year in the space now occupied by Haney Marketplace and Antique Mall.
While the mall’s east end will change, its west end occupied by Zellers could also see a new name.
Target Corp. of Minneapolis, Minn., bought 220 Zellers stores in Canada early this year. It plans on renovating up to 150 of those stores, but hasn’t decided which ones. Its first store isn’t set to open until 2013.
In addition to the corner lot on 226th Street and Lougheed Highway, the building just to the west also will be upgraded. The 10,000-sq.-foot building used to house Westminster Savings Credit Union at 22565 Lougheed Highway, before the credit union moved to its new premises on 224th Street.
Vancouver developer Barj Dhahan bought the old credit union building March 31 for just more than $2 million. It’s his second project in Maple Ridge after developing Maple Place at 22971 Dewdney Trunk Road.
“That’s been a great success, really,” said realtor Adrian Keenan. “It’s been really well received.”
Keenan said the old Westminster Savings building will be renovated. “We’re talking to a number of different people to see what kind of tenants we’d like.
“We’re going to do our part to help pick up our part of the neighbourhood too.”
The current view of 226th Street and Lougheed Highway.