Letter: Fill heritage hole with better Coulter Berry building

Dear Editor,

The “Heritage Hole” on the corners of Glover and Mavis still looms large and ugly. And the graffiti on the hoarding walls has just begun.  

I suggest readers visit www.coulterberry.com/plans to review the revised plans being proposed to the Township of Langley. The building, now appearing to be seven separate buildings, will be attractive, practical, and in compliance with the rezoning application that is also being put forward.

Parking, always a concern in the village of Fort Langley, has been accommodated 100 per cent, both underground and above ground in the rear of the building.

We have an eager, enthusiastic and sincere developer (resident) who did not walk away in disgust and anger over the shut-down of Coulter Berry construction seen and a half months after start-up. Most developers would have collapsed at that stage.

Changes to the overall appearance of Glover Road are inevitable and necessary. Do we want our village to be seen as never-changing?  Do we want our visitors to take the “been-there-done-that” attitude? Once you’ve visited the village and its shops, you’ve seen it all, forever? How does that support the Village?

As a four-year resident of Fort Langley, I have invested substantially in a new home, and I look forward to some change and updating.

I walk through the village almost every day. Some of the buildings are drafty and musty-smelling. They were not built with a long time-line in mind, and I welcome changes in those specific areas and others.

I hope the proposed changes (Coulter Berry 2.0) will not be met with lawsuits several months after approval by Township council.

Let’s get construction started once again, so that in a few months, we’ll have an attractive building in place of the Heritage Hole.

Penny Allan, Fort Langley

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