Langley’s City Square set for update

Langley City Square, the mall containing the Salvation Army Thrift Store and Toy Traders, is undergoing a facelift and expansion. Langley City council gave the nod to refurbish the mall at 200th Street and Langley Bypass.

Barry Weih, with Wensley Architecture, said the owners are in discussions with a new anchor tenant for a 30,000 square foot space and the facelift could help seal the deal.

Some of the buildings will be expanded.

Along 200th Street, there will be a road allowance, land reserved for future widening of the arterial road. Until it’s needed for roadways, the property owner will be able to use it.

The access points have also been altered. Weih explained that a small building on the Langley Bypass side was demolished to allow for entrance changes but a new stand-alone building is part of the plans.

Councillor Dave Hall said people will be able to make a left turn into the complex, but must still go through congestion to do so.

He noted that the Langley Bypass is a provincial responsibility.

Mayor Ted Schaffer excused himself from the room because the owners, Wesgroup, contributed to his recent election campaign.

Coun. Paul Albrecht encouraged the use of local business, suppliers and contractors for the project.

“Hopefully, you’ll be looking at trying to engage some of our local businesses,” he said.

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