Chilliwack, BC – Bye Bye and Good Riddance Old Chilliwack Safeway, you have been an eyesore for far too long!
On Monday morning, the demolition of the old Safeway building off Princess and Main Street began in earnest. But that doesn’t mean an instant change to the downtown landscape.
Far from it.
Even though last week, the City of Chilliwack re-zoned the property for a combination of apartments, condos and ground floor businesses, no one has stepped up to the plate (publicly) to buy the property from the owners, Sobey’s.
Yes the re-zoning is part of the grand scheme to kick start the downtown core, it will take years for any revitalization , let alone confidence that the older part of Chilliwack can be renewed with vigor a la the old downtown potion of a similar sized city – Bellingham, Washington.
Remember this property sat empty for over a decade.
The value of the block is pegged at $3.2 Million.