For the first time in years, a new building will rise on the property that houses the 40-year-old Aberdeen Mall.
A development permit has been issued to Aberdeen Kamloops Mall Ltd., allowing for the construction of a Canadian Brewhouse restaurant on the property.
The Canadian Brewhouse is a sports bar chain in owned by Mike Wheeler. Its first location opened in Edmonton in 2002. There are now 37 pubs in Canada, including five in B.C. Kamloops will be the sixth outlet in the province.
The two-storey, 667-square-metre (7,179-square-foot) building will be built on existing parking space just to the west of the mall’s main Hillside Drive entrance. It will be close to Hillside Drive, facing Best Buy and the Cineplex Theatre, which was the last standalone building to be constructed on the property.
Since the property falls within the municipality’s commercial development permit area, a development permit to control form and character was required prior to issuance of a building permit.
The application meets the intent of the city’s guidelines for site design, building design and landscaping. Vehicle parking will be provided directly in front of the building. Solid waste bins and loading areas will be located on the northwest side of the building and will be buffered by existing landscaping.
When the building is in place, the mall will continue to exceed the zoning bylaw’s minimum parking requirement for shopping centres, with more than 200 above the minimum 859 required.
Across Hillside Drive, mall overflow parking is also being considered to house a third library in Kamloops.