Target urged to plant living wall

Council hopes U.S. chain store will go green when it moves into mall space now occupied by Zellers

BMW sales executive Jay Sidhu walks by a living wall that forms part of a dealership in the Langley City Collection auto centre at 6025 Collection Drive, off Glover Road.

BMW sales executive Jay Sidhu walks by a living wall that forms part of a dealership in the Langley City Collection auto centre at 6025 Collection Drive, off Glover Road.

When Target opens in the store currently occupied by Zellers, it will have its own distinctive look, inside and out, to mark its corporate branding.

It has the opportunity to really stand out from the grey, featureless concrete walls of other retail stores by creating a “living wall.”

The suggestion was made on Monday, July 9 by Councillor Kim Richter just as council approved a development permit for the store’s exterior renovations.

These include trees. Councillor Charlie Fox noted that plans show no vegetation, “only phantom trees.” A few trees on the south side of the building “would certainly help.”

“You certainly need something to soften the wall,” he said.

Council unanimously supported Fox’s bid to urge Target to double the number of trees proposed for the south wall, and Richter’s suggestions for a living wall.

Few such walls exist in Langley. The BMW/Mini dealership in the City’s new Collections auto mall on Glover Road has a living wall that is covered with plants of varying shades of green from top to bottom.