Changes are once again on the horizon for Bower Place shopping centre.
The City of Red Deer has received a development permit application which proposes the demolishing of the east end 118,000 square foot site where Target was located until early 2015. A two-storey addition will be constructed in its place.
Property owners within 100 metres of the site were notified by letter on November 6 and can provide feedback on the proposal to the City until 4:30 p.m. on November 24.
"What they're doing with the demolition and construction is it's going to be made up of smaller tenants," explains Erin Stuart, Inspections and Licensing Manager. "Then just an overall upgrade to the exterior of the building when they do that addition."
There will also be modifications to the parking area with stall sizes increasing to match what the City's Land Use Bylaw sets out. A site plan shows four full rows and two half rows of parking to be added on the east side of the mall.
"There's a great opportunity for economic development there and then the overall upgrades and enhancements to the exterior to the building are certainly a benefit I believe to the site itself," Stuart adds.
The application, which also includes new landscaping and pedestrian connections, as well as a new entry off Bennett Street, will go to the Municipal Planning Commission for approval in December.
Bower Place opened in 1981 with Eaton's originally setting up shop on the east side, which was two floors to begin with. Later on, the second floor was removed and Zellers moved in. Target then came in until the company decided to exit the Canadian marketplace altogether, citing slow sales. Most recently, a portion of the space was leased by a Halloween costume store.
Bower Place also recently lost one of its anchor tenants in Sears, which was located on the other side of the building. On the shopping centre's website, that 108,000 square foot empty space is listed as 'available.'
The last major renovation at Bower Place was completed in 2009.
A spokesperson with Bower Place could not offer any comment at this time citing the ongoing public consultations.
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