Construction Update for Highstreet Abbotsford

Was able to visit Highstreet in Abbotsford and find some updated pictures of how the construction is coming along. The mall should be opening by Spring of 2013 and include 600,000 square feet of retail space. So far the main anchor tenants are Wal-Mart, London Drugs and Cineplex with 11 screens.

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Entrance to Highstreet Mall off Cardinal Avenue in Abbotsford, BC

The downside of the Highstreet development as it stands is that it is mostly surrounded by the Freeway (Highway 1) and ¬†suburban single family houses on the other side. It would seem like a completely missed opportunity if there is not a significant stock of medium and high density development around it to take full advantage of it’s pedestrian¬†friendly design. As with most other malls in the Metro Vancouver region, it is highly likely that some form of high density housing will be placed around it at some point.

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View of Highstreet mall from Highway 1 in Abbotsford, BC

It’s clear in looking at the location and design of the mall that it’s main source of customers will come via Highway 1. Perhaps another large anchor will join Wal-Mart and London drugs to round out the anchors.

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Highstreet mall as seen from Mt. Lehman Road in Abbotsford, BC

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High Street coming to Abbotsford

A new concept in suburban shopping is coming to Abbotsford and the Lower Mainland`s Fraser Valley. High Street promises to bring an urban shopping experience to a mostly suburban setting along Highway 1 and the Mount Lehman Interchange. The trend definitely seems to be going in this direction for many new suburban shopping centers. No longer boxes surrounded by never-ending parking lots, more and more often the parking is either underground or concentrated in the middle.

The design gives pedestrians priority and also creates a sort of main street shopping experience. From the outside the buildings are closer, facing the street and seem much more approachable. This design is somewhat similar to the DIX30 urban/suburban shopping centre on Montreal`s south shore.

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