Value Village tabbed for Queensborough

A Value Village could be popping up in Queensborough, but it could be a while before it becomes a reality.

The city has received a development permit for construction of a 45,530-square-foot building between the Starlight Casino and Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse.

A report to city council said the owner, Beedie Development Group, is proposing to place Value Village as a tenant in 30,000 sq. ft. of the space with the remaining 15,530 for industrial use.

Allowing a second-hand store on the property would be permitted under the current light industrial zoning (M-1) on the land. However, council is in the process of considering removing all non-industrial uses from M-1.  Since the application was made before the change was adopted, Value Village would still be eligible to put a store there because it would be grandfathered, making it "lawfully non-conforming."

(The change, when it is made would mean all retail, except for businesses like an industrial park restaurant would not be appropriate.)

The site itself is designated in the Official Community Plan as industrial since it is part of the Queensborough Industrial Park.

City planner Mike Watson said Beedie still has to jump through a few more hoops before it can start construction.

In addition, said Watson, the site was pre-loaded at the front and Beedie is proposing to put the building on the back part of the property. That would require the pre-load to be moved and then given time to settle.

Value Village currently has a store at Edmonds at Kingsway, which is less than six kilometres away from the Queensborough location.

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