Working in Partnership for a better Downtown
As a community, we have been investing in downtown Chilliwack for several years and continue to work together in partnership with a variety of stakeholders to revitalize downtown.
After an extensive public planning process in 2010, residents approved a vision of downtown Chilliwack as an attractive, vibrant and safe neighbourhood. City Council heard this loud and clear and voted unanimously to adopt a redevelopment concept put forward by the Downtown Plan Implementation Committee. Representatives on the committee included individuals from the Chilliwack Downtown Business Improvement Association (BIA), the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) and other local stakeholders.
Since that time, we've made steady positive progress. Fortunately, the City isn't the only one working towards a better downtown; our many partners have been hard at work too!
CEPCO provides economic development and business attraction services for the City of Chilliwack. In order to provide an additional emphasis on the downtown, they retained Walas Concepts through a funding partnership with the City. Building on past research, the City's downtown revitalization plan, and interactions with local stakeholders, Walas brings additional forward momentum to downtown business attraction and development.
Walas activities will include:
- Working with the BIA, the Chamber of Commerce, the downtown merchants and building owners to update the inventory of underutilized spaces
- Soliciting entrepreneurs
- Assisting potential entrepreneurs with business plans
- Matching entrepreneurs with each other, with building owners, and with other people and organizations that can help them be successful
As part of the first phase of their process, Walas has been learning about Chilliwack and reviewing the existing knowledge base and plans related to the downtown. They are using the City's multifaceted downtown revitalization plan as a foundation for their activities. To date, Walas has attended many meetings with City and CEPCO staff, local merchants, organizations and service groups to listen and learn.
Moving ahead in partnership with a variety of stakeholders will help build a strong downtown. Thank you for being part of this important process.
- Chilliwack Downtown Plan (www.chilliwackdowntownplan.ca)
- Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (www.chilliwackeconomicpartners.com)
- Downtown Business Improvement Association (www.downtownchilliwack.com)
- Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce (www.chilliwackchamber.com)
- Walas Concepts (www.walasconcepts.com/en/)
- Tourism Chilliwack (www.tourismchilliwack.com)
April 18, 2016 Old Safeway Building Demolished and Site Rezoned
October 3, 2014 Chilliwack Moving Forward Event
September 29, 2014 Main Street Greening Improvement Project
September 9, 2014 First Downtown Show & Share Workshop a Success
August 29, 2014 Working in Partnership for a better Downtown
February 18, 2014 City moves forward with downtown revitalization plan
January 13, 2014 Mill Street Upgrades
July 3, 2013 New Brownfield Redevelopment Guide
June 27, 2013 Community Gardens Bloom Downtown
June 27, 2013 Nestle Waters Canada
December 10, 2012 Downtown UFV Presence
September 18, 2012 Concept for Downtown Block
September 18, 2012 Downtown Plan Implementation Committee
June 4, 2012 New Proposed Unsightly Premises Policy
February 11, 2012 Council has received the Downtown Task Force Report