A contracter clears the lot on Cherry Creek Road between Home Hardware and the Ministry of Forests offices where a light industrial mall is being built.

A contracter clears the lot on Cherry Creek Road between Home Hardware and the Ministry of Forests offices where a light industrial mall is being built.

Light industrial mall in the works

Preparations have already begun for a light industrial mall behind the Alberni Mall.

Preparations have already begun for a light industrial mall behind the Alberni Mall.

“The proposal is to construct multi-unit buildings for light industrial and service commercial uses, constructed in phases,” city planner Scott Smith’s report read.

The developer is Colin Evans of Complete Contracting and the property in question is 3.2 acres located at 4905 Cherry Creek Rd. behind Home Hardware. It was sold to Evans by the city earlier this year.

“This development permit only covers the first phase of construction which is about 8,500 sq. ft.”

The light industrial mall is proposed to consist of five units with and will include space for the owners’ contracting business.

The building will be one story with a mezzanine creating a partial upper level, Smith said.

“Given the service commercial, light industrial use it’s mainly one level but with a good high ceiling for those types of uses.”

The property features a 20-metre right-of-way for utilities on the south side of the property that cannot have permanent structures built over top of it. Instead, the owner will use the space for parking.

“He’s made good use of an oddly configured property,” Smith said.

City council has approved a development permit for phase one of the project.

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