Community News

New Plans to Develop Cordova Bay Plaza

Sep 10, 2017 Editor

by Roger Stonebanks, citizen reporter

A community information meeting will be held on Thursday Sept. 21 to disclose revised plans for a new commercial-residential development on the Cordova Bay Plaza site.

A notice from Kang and Gill Construction states that it “is proposed to construct three, mixed use condominium buildings” on the site of the plaza strip mall at Cordova Bay Road and Doumac Avenue that was built in 1960. Only one business, Scotiabank, remains open in the plaza and it will close shortly.

Kang and Gill did not disclose details of the revised plans that were made public a year ago by architect Alan Lowe and James Gardiner, who holds an option to purchase the property from Your Family Food Mart. Kang and Gill Construction was formed in 1989 by Tejbir Kang and Amarjit Gill.

Lowe, contacted by Saanich Voice Online (SVO), declined to disclose details ahead of the public meeting.

Larry Gontovnick, president of Cordova Bay Association for Community Affairs, told SVO that the revised plans have not been shared with the association. The CBA opposed the earlier plans – “In summary, the current over-all feel is more urban shopping centre than village plaza,” Gontovnick said last spring. The earlier plans had two of the three proposed buildings at four storeys with a supermarket more than twice the size of the plaza one, some shops and bank, and 86 condominiums.

The information meeting will be held at Claremont Secondary School-Ridge Theatre, 4980 Wesley Road, starting at 7 p.m.

Redevelopment will require Saanich council approval for an amendment to the Development Permit issued in 1999 for a plan then to redevelop the site. The 1999 proposal never went ahead because of underground gasoline leakage (later remediated) from a closed service station on another property.

For the last SVO story click HERE