As a final update, it is now official: little more than a formality at this point, we have now filed the necessary, required paperwork, and have officially withdrawn all three proposals in the heart of Fort Langley's commercial area. Together, they represent a total of 3 acres in the heart of the village with a total investment of about $65M into derelict sites.
The only plan left now is to prepare the two larger sites for long-term dereliction, as multiple buildings are already well past their reasonable lives. A few can remain open, and we will maintain them as best we can, for as long as possible. The hotel site will have to remain as it is, indefinitely derelict.
Without any prospect of eventual replacement, there is now little basis left to continue subsidizing most of these older buildings on Glover Road that require new roofs, new mechanical, new electrical, new plumbing, and have numerous structural and drainage problems.
We want to thank everyone that supported our efforts over the last 10 years to try and revitalize Fort Langley based on higher expectations, better quality buildings, family play areas, heritage restoration, environmentally sustainable design, mixed-uses, and, of course, to hide cars underground for a better pedestrian village, all for a result that would endure for generations. Thanks again.
First there was the lane to nowhere. Now there is a road to nowhere, through heritage. Township of Langley staff have required that we must create a new four way intersection at Glover Road and Mary Avenue. This would include a new road through the Fort Grocery building where it has been for over 100 years, now Country Lane Antiques.
I posted on social media a few days ago explaining why we can no longer advocate for the developments we have proposed in Fort Langley. We have now posted a letter to all Fort Langley residents as well. That letter is provided below and I will let it speak for itself.
Countless people ask us one simple question these days, over and over again: what is going on with the boutique hotel proposal? With no exaggeration needed, I literally get asked about the lane to nowhere vs. the boutique hotel each and every day. I don't know of anyone — except for Township of Langley staff — that prefers the unnecessary lane to nowhere for garbage trucks over the proposal boutique hotel and public courtyard.
Despite the roadblocks, I still believe the proposal is great, and worth fighting for — Fort Langley needs and deserves the area's first boutique hotel. Because of that, for the past several months, perhaps pointlessly and foolishly, I have been working on a new, better version of the courtyard. The first version was simply not good enough. I replaced the previous landscape architect with a new firm, and the result has been worth the wait. I think the result speaks for itself.
Following up on the boutique hotel proposal and a cool small building, we are releasing the draft concept for what we call Glover Road West — the west side of Glover Road from the boutique hotel to Coulter Berry. It is a concept for public consultation and feedback, which will get underway again within the next several months, sometime this fall.
We have worked on the proposal for almost a year, and I hope it shows.
Sometimes two is better than three. Today, we are unveiling a no variance two story proposal to replace the building at 9180 Glover Road, just across the street from Eighteen 27: small, modest, different, beautiful.
The proposed design is inspired by Lelem Café, with a dramatic use of glass, wood details, and traditional metal and concrete materials. Aged steel and board formed concrete create an appearance of age and historic techniques, to appear as a historic building building recently renovated. And the result is beautiful, simple, and real.
Did you know that there is not just one lane to nowhere, but two, with one at Francis Avenue as well, extracted from the Lily Terrace development?
Solution #3: proper planning for an exit to the Francis Avenue lane to nowhere, not through the middle of Fort Langley's boutique hotel. We will provide a solution so it might actually be able to go somewhere someday.
The second of three solutions we have — to fight the unnecessary lane to nowhere for garbage trucks — is two loading zones where only one is required.
We have one loading zone on each side of the entry, with one directly in front of the garbage room for the shipping & receiving of compactors, which means there is no need for garbage trucks.
The first of three solutions we have — to fight the unnecessary lane to nowhere for garbage trucks — is compaction. We have designed the garbage room with plenty of width and space to provide two low profile stationary compactors to remove the need for garbage trucks entirely.
Each compaction compartment holds 3 times the equivalent volume of a standard bin requiring less frequent collection.
Countless people have been asking for an update on Fort Langley's boutique hotel proposal, unveiled one year ago. When does construction start! Is it approved yet?
Not quite! Township of Langley planning and transportation staff have formally responded to the boutique hotel proposal by demanding a municipal lane through the middle of the courtyard plaza. A municipal lane cannot be over underground parking, and cannot be covered.