Chilliwack – A lot of hustle and bustle around Five Corners in Chilliwack as renos in what was the UFV Downtown Campus, has transformed the building into the new Chilliwack Economic Partners Business Centre. South Fraser Community Futures remains in the4 building.
On paper, UFV has leased the building to CEPCO.
Brian Coombes of CEPCO (Chilliwack Economic Partners) told FVN : “UFV remains the owner of the building, with CEPCO leasing the entire space from them. I would not say UFV has given up on the Five Corners location. They have considerable space at their Canada Education Park campus and the majority of their Chilliwack programs and courses are able to be delivered in that location.
Yes, Community Futures South Fraser will remain a tenant in the Business Centre, along with CEPCO, the Downtown BIA, the Chamber of Commerce, and the National Research Council. All organizations that support business in our community in some fashion. We are excited to have a street level presence in a prime part of our downtown and look forward to welcoming people into the building once the move-in is complete.”
Craig Toews, UFV Vice President External told FVN: “The University of the Fraser Valley has leased space at the location known as Five Corners in Chilliwack to the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO). The university will retain ownership of the building and Community Futures South Fraser will continue to have offices in the building.
CEPCO, the economic development arm of the City of Chilliwack, is responsible for promoting and enabling the economic growth of the community.
“We’ve found our main Chilliwack campus at Canada Education Park has the space and the facilities to meet local programming needs,” said Craig Toews, Vice President, External at UFV. “As a publicly funded institution we must continue to ensure solid financial stewardship and this means consolidating our Chilliwack programming in one location. At the same time, CEPCO has expressed a desire for more space in the downtown core so it’s a win-win situation.”
UFV officially moved into its Five Corners location in 2014 after receiving the property as a gift from the BMO Financial Group.
Continuing education programming related to business development and training was offered at the location, as well as programming from other UFV departments.
New locations will be found for special events previously hosted at Five Corners.”
This is not to be confused with the current business centre.
That building, literally down the street, is almost empty of tenants except for Chilliwack & District Seniors’ Resources Society, Fabmar Communications (The Drive), an accountant and a usual temporary home for Elections BC or Elections Canada. Star FM has long since moved out of that building.