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Superstore revises plans for Grandview area

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Architect's drawing of revised Real Canadian Superstore proposed for 24 Avenue and 160 Street in South Surrey.
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The owners of a proposed Real Canadian Superstore site in South Surrey’s Grandview Corners are revising their seven-year-old designs, a necessary step before they apply for permission to build the postponed project.

On Monday, an application by Loblaw Properties West Inc. to change the unbuilt Superstore gas station will go before a public hearing at Surrey City Hall.

The company is seeking permission to more than double the gas station convenience store space and add a propane fuel pump.

The rules governing gas stations have changed since 2005, when city council approved the original layout of the planned gas bar and Superstore on the 20-acre site facing the Wal-Mart across 160 Street.

The original development permit for the gas bar has expired.

To get a new permit, the owner must meet current regulations, which now require new Surrey gas stations to provide alternative fuel services.

As well, the average allowable size of gas station convenience stores has expanded since 2005.

If the application is approved, the Superstore gas bar convenience store area would increase from 28 to 65 square metres (300 to 790 square feet), according to a Sept. 10 city staff report.

As well as adding the ability to refuel propane-powered vehicles, changes would include a number of minor adjustments to the look and layout of the gas station, which will be shifted to the southern side of the property.

The city staff report notes three letters objecting to construction of the proposed gas bar were sent in response to a Jan. 11 written notice to area property owners.

But because the gas station was already approved several years earlier, the only issues the public hearing can decide is the look, size and type of services offered.

If the changes are approved at the public hearing, Loblaw Properties West will still need a building permit to begin construction.

So far, no construction application has been filed for either the gas station or the main store.

The move to freshen the gas station design follows moves by Loblaw to reduce the size of the Superstore.

The big-box outlet was originally going to be 17,000 sq. m (186,000 sq. ft.) but the size has been reduced twice since then.

In 2009, a revised development permit trimmed the store space to 13,000 sq. m (141,000 sq. ft.). Then, in 2011, the owner won approval to build an even smaller 11,000 sq. m (120,000 sq. ft.) store.

The latest approved version of the store would be a two-storey building, with one level of underground parking.

The main floor retail sales area would include an optical centre, bakery, coolers and freezers, with a garden centre proposed for the southwest corner at the underground parkade level.

Plans to include a medical centre appear to have been dropped.

Asked this week if Loblaw was getting ready to build the store, the company responded with an email.

“Unfortunately, there is currently no information to share regarding the development at this location, however we will be happy to provide an update when it becomes available,” said Wednesday’s response, which did not include the writer’s name.

The public hearing on the gas station development permit application will be held 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, at Surrey City Hall chambers, 14245 56 Ave.

Information about the application can be obtained from the city website – www.surrey.ca

Anyone who wishes to raise concerns or make comments is asked to either fax the city clerk at 604-591-8731, email clerks@surrey.ca or drop off a written submission at the city clerk's office no later than 4 p.m. Monday.

 

 

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