New light industrial mall coming to Alberni

A Port Alberni contractor has plans to build a light industrial mall off of Cherry Creek Road, in behind the Alberni Mall.

Colin Evan’s proposed industrial mall would be located south of the Alberni Mall on Cherry Creek Road.

A Port Alberni contractor has plans to build a light industrial mall off of Cherry Creek Road, in behind the Alberni Mall.

Colin Evans of Complete Contracting was in front of city council at a public hearing on Nov. 23 to update the city on his plans to build a multi-unit light industrial mall by the existing Alberni Mall in 2016.

“The proposal is to construct a building for the applicant’s contracting business and then in addition the applicant would build multiple other units to lease to other types of light industrial or service commercial buildings,” said city planner Scott Smith.

“The area is primarily commercial and light industrial… from a traffic management perspective this property is at a good location for light industrial uses.”

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

Prior to being sold, Smith said that the area had remained vacant for years.

Evans said that he hopes to start construction on the property by mid-spring 2016.

“We would like to start breaking ground in April,” Evans said, adding that he is also applying for a development permit application.

The size of the units in the proposed industrial mall will vary with the community’s needs, Evans added.

“The style of the building allows for two units to get amalgamated together to increase the size depending on what the tenant wants,” Evans said.

“Initially, we see sizes between 1,400 sq. ft.  and units could range up to 4,000-5,000 sq. ft.”

However, Evans sees small units as a priority.

“We right now see a need for smaller types of businesses in Port Alberni. The spaces that are available seem to be too large right now.”

Evans said that currently, his business will take up two units and that applications for others will be taken later as the project progresses.

The property in question also contains sanitary and storm sewer mains under a 20-metre right of way, as well as a smaller access to the Alberni Mall, something that Smith said limits development on the property.

However, the right-of-way area can still be used for access, parking and non-permanent storage, the advisory planning commission’s report stated.

reorter@albernivalleynews.com

twitter.com/alberninews

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

Just Posted

Brush fire breaks out near Taylor Arm Park

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 west of Port Alberni

Rosalind Chapman seeks seat on Port Alberni city council

Community volunteer and longtime Alberni Valley resident Rosalind Chapman will seek a… Continue reading

Accident causes power outage on Beaver Creek Road

One sent to West Coast General Hospital in crash

Inside the music: step behind the curtain at the venerable Vancouver Island Music Festival

Big Read: VIMF in the Comox Valley exemplifies the spirit of an Island summer music festival

Save-On-Foods donates to summer kids’ program in Port Alberni

Food bank takes over from breakfast programs once summer vacation starts

BC Games: Day 2 comes to an end

Hundreds of medals have been handed out at the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Accident on Vancouver Island after artillery gun rolls down hill and damages taxi

Witness says accident happend about 1 p.m. Saturday; RCMP investigating

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

Race walker breaks 18-year-old BC Games record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan

PHOTO GALLERY: BC Games Day 2

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Most Read