LETTERS: Look to the future

I thought I might throw my experiences into the pot when it comes to Gateway.

I thought I might throw my experiences into the pot when it comes to Gateway.

Chemainus, as most know, is a town of 4500 folks with a main drag three blocks long.

Ever since 2007, the recurring theme was how to retain viability in the core of the town. The murals are not the draw they once were and the theatre crowds don’t shop in town. The constant discussion was how to fill the perpetual three or four empty storefronts.

Businesses would start up and die only to be replaced with another victim. Recently Chemainus Foods, the anchor store on the street, closed up shop after decades in town. The local stores cannot compete effectively with the stores in Duncan and the population growth has slowed in recent years.

Sidney has some of these characteristics now. What will Beacon Avenue look like three years after this Gateway project is completed. I hate to think.

Sidney has a population capable of supporting a viable downtown in the eight blocks of Beacon Avenue and side streets. More incentives to shop need to be offered. Pricing has to compete.

Rather than being party to yet another monstrosity shopping mall, the Town and North Saanich should be focused on supporting downtown local merchants, encouraging landlords to spruce up their buildings, provide tax incentives and developing a business climate that will keep Sidney viable. If they don’t Sidney will become a seedy ghost of its former self once this monster is launched.

Alex Currie, North Saanich

Just Posted

More buoys allowed for Brentwood Bay

Proposed number rises from 40 to 60

Victoria airport reaches nearly two million passengers in 2017

This year expected to see additional growth

Peninsula speed skating duo aiming for the national stage

Pair opted to train in long track skating this season for the first time

Tent city resident just wants a home

Roving tent city has made its way to Central Saanich

Island Health, service providers meeting to talk about used needles in Victoria

Recent public needle-prick incidents prompt call to reduce number of needles found

Sidney’s Salish Sea aquarium to close for maintenance

First extended closure for the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea since it opened in 2009

Butchart Gardens is hiring now and paying more

Wages start at $15, job fair Feb. 20

Cash still needed for Stelly’s Cross Path

MLA Olsen wants more specifics first

Injured parachutist wants stolen backpack back

Bag contained important video files of 2017 parachuting incident

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Test that cleared Trump was developed by doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities

Premier touches on multiple topics ahead of Asia trade trip

Housing and childcare are expected to be the focus of the BC NDP’s first budget in February.

Wanted by Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers for the week of Jan. 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Most Read