The now-demolished White Rock Mufflers stood at the corner of Marine Drive and Oxford Street for 39 years.

The now-demolished White Rock Mufflers stood at the corner of Marine Drive and Oxford Street for 39 years.

Public art to honour White Rock Mufflers, bike race

A new public plaza on Marine Drive is expected to pay homage to a now-demolished piece of White Rock history.

A new public plaza on Marine Drive is expected to pay homage to a now-demolished piece of White Rock history.

The City of White Rock has issued a request for proposals for creation and installation of a $90,000 public art piece at Marine Drive and Oxford Street – the site of a new public plaza. The plaza is being created through a new development on the former site of White Rock Mufflers.

The city is inviting proposals guided by two themes: the 39-year muffler shop, which opened in 1973; and the annual Tour de White Rock, whose road race passes the plaza. The Tour de White Rock marked its 37th year this summer, making it one of the longest-running current cycling races in North America.

Artists or artist teams have until Sept. 20 to submit proposals. A committee will select five finalists to develop concepts – each being paid an honorarium of $2,000 – before one is awarded a contract in October.

Installation is scheduled for fall 2017.

LLW Holdings Ltd. is building a mixed-use development (in photo at left) on the site of the former muffler shop and two neighbouring Buena Vista Avenue lots. Named Newport at West Beach, the project includes 60 apartments and commercial space.

First proposed in 2011 – and the subject of much concern for area residents in the months that followed – White Rock council approved the project in March 2013.