Tenant list grows for Brick Yard Station

New signs advertise the growing list of businesses at a proposed shopping plaza at Highway 10 and the Cloverdale by-pass.

Vera’s Burgers, Original Joe’s Restaurant, Clancy’s Meat Co., and Starbuck’s are among the latest additions to a new shopping plaza that’s expected to soon break ground in Cloverdale.Quiznos, Cobs Bread, and Westland Insurance will also be part of Anthem Properties Ltd.’s plans for its Brick Yard Station proposal, making its way through the final stages of approval at city hall.Those additional tenants are included in the latest project plans on the company’s website – and on eye-catching new signs hanging from the fenced-in, 10-acre site this week.Those retailers will be joining larger anchor tenants like Rexall Drugs, CIBC, and Staples in the new development, replacing the large vacant lot on the northwest corner of Highway 10 and the Cloverdale by-pass.The rezoning and OCP amendment necessary for the proposal proceeds to final reading by Surrey city council on Feb. 28. If it passes, the sod turning could be as early as April, putting completion sometime later this year or early 2012.The Anthem Properties’ site is home to the former highways maintenance works yard and is zoned for industrial use. It consists of two parcels the company is seeking to have rezoned to permit a business park on its western portion and a 6,500 square-metre community retail centre that would be built first. The company is still looking for a salon, produce store, dental, health and well-being clinics and other retail businesses to help fill up the new development. Plans show space for nearly two dozen small commercial tenants along with 300 parking stalls. Access would be from Highway 10 and from 57 Avenue.Brick Yard Station, the proposed shopping plaza, will have a Yaletown-style feel with brick and steel building materials and other touches to bring create a heritage rail theme.The Cloverdale BIA is happy to lay out the welcome mat for the development – and the redevelopment of the Cloverdale Mall site taking place on the opposite corner, says executive director Paul Orazietti.“It will really add some substance to the town centre,” he said. The City of Surrey is asking the developer to install gateway signage at the northeast corner of the property welcoming visitors to the historic Cloverdale town centre, Orazietti said.(A smaller gateway sign or feature is in the works for the corner of Highway 10 and 184 Street as part of a collaboration between the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce, the Cloverdale Business Improvement Association and the City of Surrey.)Once complete, Brick Yard Station and phase one of the Cloverdale West Village mall redevelopment will bring new residential and commercial units to the downtown.Downtown businesses are a tertiary shopping district – third in line behind newer retail developments along Fraser Highway and 64 Avenue, he says.“People don’t need to come down this far to do their shopping,” he said.Cloverdale’s growth, meanwhile, has been in the triple digits, doubling in just 15 years. “It’s unmatched in the valley.” The trouble, Orazietti says, the growth has been “spread all over.”Concentrating some of that growth in the historic town centre will have benefits beyond the local small business community, Orazietti says.“Because of the upgrades to the main street area, it’s become a more attractive place to live, and it’s become more vibrant,” he said. As the new residential units fill up, the area will become more alive, resulting in less crime, for example, he said.