Thousands of people will be converging on Fort Langley this weekend for one of its annual village parties.
This time, they're gathering to celebrate May Day (See story page A15) on Monday.
But there's another reason for a celebration in the centre of the village this weekend. On Saturday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Fort Mall on Glover Road is hosting its a grand re-opening.
Statewood Properties hired Cassian Contractors to refurbish the 1970s mall, giving it a new exterior, sidewalks, and parking lot with a "modern heritage" feel. And they did all that in just over two months. And in time for tourist season.
A new feature of the mall, which I think is kind of cool, is the creation of a new paver pathway and gardens that have been added to connect Church Street with Glover Road. For those who enjoy walking around the village, this is an appreciated addition.
With this revamp and the impending completion of the new IGA, Fort Langley's business is getting a definite shot in the arm.
"Cassian Contracting and Keystone Architecture did an absolutely fantastic job with the renovation of the Fort Mall," said Statewood's president Eric Woodward.
"With a wide sidewalk to create more pedestrian interaction, reconfigured parking, new facade and gorgeous landscaping, I am thrilled. The Fort Mall will now contribute to the uniqueness and character of Fort Langley for years to come," he added.
With offices in the village, Cassian principle Kevin Speilman was excited to be a part of this project.
"We are proud to have played a part in helping to improve our community's vibrancy and encourage economic development while at the same time ensuring the charm and sense of community that we love is maintained," he said.
Kids' craft supplies needed
In the meantime, here's one of those feel-good tidbits that was passed along by another member of our Langley business community.
The team at Black Bond Books on Willowbrook Drive are collecting new craft supplies until the end of May.
Participating in what's called the Cassidy's Craft Campaign, the staff is accepting new items at the Langley store, with the items ultimately being donated to children receiving care at BC Children's Hospital. Cool idea!