Coming soon to some farmland near you… destination retail/entertainment mall and development to the tune of 1.8 million sq.feet.


The Tsawwassen First Nations have signed a deal that will forever change the landscape of South Delta and Tsawwassen. While everyone is still up in arms over the Southlands, they quietly inked a deal last week with two property development corporations to build not one, but two malls- one the comparable to Metropolis at Metrotown.

“It will be the signature shopping centre in the province,” TFN Economic Development Corporation CEO Chris Hartman said in an interview. “A project like this will have a draw much further than the Lower Mainland. You have a significant population on [Vancouver] Island without a facility like this. There’s also significant traffic passing by the site going to BC Ferries. And it will draw people from other parts of the province.”

Hartman said the proposed project -which includes up to 1.8 million square feet of retail, office, entertainment and other uses -would start construction in late 2012, with the first phase opening in 2013 and build out completed by 2014 or 2015.

Hartman said TFN has signed a memorandum of agreement with Ivanhoe Cambridge and the Property Development Group to build the project.

Of course, this would explain why the TFN asked MetroVancouver to upgrade and install new water mains, and why the SFPR has an overpass strategically located to allow access to that area alternatively to the highway.

This is a travesty. A complete and utter travesty that will aid in further development in south Delta  courtesy of the development companies currently buying options on ALR properties faster than you can say Falcon’s Follies. That  area is home to prime farmland that should have been protected and preserved for years to come and future generations.

Go back and refresh your memory as to the real purpose of the South Fraser Perimeter Road and how it plays into not only this development, but all development and expansion south of the Fraser.

10 thoughts on “Coming soon to some farmland near you… destination retail/entertainment mall and development to the tune of 1.8 million sq.feet.

  1. of course I am not surprised – just so mad I could spit…
    They will really need that interurban rail though, to get people in from the valley and onto some good buses to take them out to that mall.
    What about all the businesses along River Road though – some outlet stores, that might rely on drive by, walk in trade… they will be losing out if the South Fraser Freeway is permitted to be constructed and bypasses them. With you on Farmland not Freeways Laila. We really need more farmer’s Markets, fruit stands and less big box retail.


    1. I agree wholeheartedly. I drive out this way nearly every weekend and feel physically ill to see this happening. I drove through the TFN lands, and wondered where all the money went they were given in the deal to hand over lands needed for the Port expansion, since there is little physical evidence to indicate the band is thriving.

      I feel very saddened more people don’t stand up against this development. Geesh, if Southlands pissed people off, this should really raise the roof. I absolutely can’t even fathom this development out there, but if you head on out, you will see Toigo’s golf course all chewed up to make way for condos, and of course, this will be used in brochures for those sales I am sure. I’m livid.


  2. Vancouver Island is not going to shop there either. We can’t afford the damn Ferry! If we could, we’d probably shop in the States, like everyone on the mainland!


  3. Not to worry.
    When Japan slides of into the Pacific, as is rumored, it will set off a tsunami one thousand feet high and when that reaches BC it will flush, and flood the Lower Mainland
    We must keep a good thought 😉


    1. Jeez Billy, I guess that would take care of the Legislature…. although not on topic, it does seem Mother Earth is coming down terribly hard on Japan right now. What you state about it slipping into the Pacific seems not completely unimaginable.

      I don’t know Kim. I hear rumblings of Walmart being an anchor. That might draw a few visitors, but if you could see this area, you would shake your head too. It certainly does not bode well at all for the many small retailers in Tsawwassen certainly. I can’t believe a development of this size and magnitude could be done in this area in particular without public consultation in the community.


  4. In a world of a global shortages of food that is, only going to get worse. Why are they destroying BC farmland? They are also flooding the most valuable farmland in Canada, by building the site C dam. BC doesn’t have a lot of land fit for farming. If both Japan and China have contamination of their food crops, because of the reactor meltdown in Japan, there will be billions of people needing food.

    I can’t get over the utter stupidity, of this province. All good farmland should be preserved. At the rate we are poisoning our clean drinking water, and destroying food bearing land. Well, we can’t eat malls, gold and copper, and we can’t drink oil nor gas.

    BC is the most corrupt province in Canada. Perhaps BC is also, the most destructive province in this country, as well. Certainly, we have a province that is the most greedy, and, the most stupid.


  5. It just makes me sick how our farmland is being traded away for nothing. I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t want any more of my food coming from China.


  6. Gary, I’m with you… I don’t want food from China. Let’s review some recent history: first there was poisonous pet food, then baby formula tainted with melamine, toxic drywall, kids toys painted with lead-based paint, and there have been recent reports saying they are now feeding plastic rice to their poor. Add into this the entire issue of child labour and other human (and animal) rights abuses. I can not understand why the western world still trades with China, never mind build ports and highways so we can INCREASE trade with them.

    I say we cut the rope… I’ve done it and so can everyone else just by being careful about how I shop. The blame for these issues lie not only in the hands of our governments, but also in our own—as consumers and as voters. That means all of us have a part in this. The only way things like highways and gigantic malls will stop being built is if we stop buying cheap junk and instead support our local farmers and ethical small businesses.


  7. I too always ask “is this made in Canada?”…..but, my remarks are usually met with a blank stare. I firmly believe that we can effect change. When that store clerk goes for coffee and mentions to their co-worker “hey, some guy asked if it was made in Canada, can you believe it?!…..what a nutcase!” they may find the co-worker says “geez, that’s strange, some guy asked me the same question yesterday”. That will get them thinking. It takes an incrementally larger amount of the Earth’s resources to make a product that lasts 25 years vs. the 5 years we have become accustomed to. You need to take into account the resources used/depleted to dispose of the article afterwards. You need to take into the overseas manufacturers do not adhere to the same environmental standards that we do here…..there is more environmental impact per pound of junk than per pound of quality goods made/grown here. There oughta’ be a law… want to sell it, it better work for a long time.


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