New redevelopment concept with 10 towers for Surrey's Central City mall

Oct 22 2019, 7:57 pm

As many as 10 towers could be added to Central City shopping mall in Surrey for the property’s eventual redevelopment.

A recent City of Surrey staff report included a rendering and photos of a model of the latest preliminary stage redevelopment concept for under-utilized parcels of the sprawling mall property.

Property owner Blackwood Partners intends to redevelop the parcels on the eastern side of the property with towers, including aging portions of the indoor mall such as the Walmart store, and the ground-level parking lots and low-storey commercial buildings on the east side of the SkyTrain guideway.

Towers are also envisioned for the sites of the parkades closest to T&T Supermarket and at the southwest corner of the property.

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Model of the preliminary concept for the redevelopment of Central City mall in Surrey. (Blackwood Partners / City of Surrey)

Surrey Central City

Model of the preliminary concept for the redevelopment of Central City mall in Surrey. (Blackwood Partners / City of Surrey)

A portion of the redevelopment is already in motion; there are detailed plans for a new 25-storey office tower with 567,000-sq-ft of AAA office space at the southeast corner of the property, facing the intersection of 100 Avenue and King George Boulevard, where Best Buy was previously located.

The rezoning and development application for this office tower is currently being reviewed by the municipal government. This tower is considered the first phase of the years-long, multi-phase redevelopment.

Central City II 10045 King George Boulevard Surrey

Artistic rendering of the Central City II office tower at 10045 King George Boulevard, Surrey. (ZGF Architects / Blackwood Partners)

Other potential enhancements to the property include a green roof over southeast portions of the existing mall structure, and a new enhanced southern mall entry from Old Yale Road, opening up the mall to Holland Park across the street.

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Artistic rendering of the preliminary concept for the redevelopment of Central City mall in Surrey. (Blackwood Partners / City of Surrey)

Previous redevelopment site plan concepts suggested large portions of the indoor mall could be demolished and replaced with a street grid with outdoor retail, but that no longer appears to be the case.

But there will be a new north-south, pedestrian-oriented public street, named City Parkway, that crosses through the site, paralleling the SkyTrain guideway.

A future master planning process jointly conducted by the city and the developer will provide guidance on the exact form of redevelopment for the entire property.

Current condition of Central City mall: