Council considers proposal for new shopping centre, extension of Rock City Road

NANAIMO – Former Madill site slated for shopping centre.

Preliminary design is underway for a project that could see the now defunct Madill site developed into a shopping centre with Rock City Road extended through Highway 19A.

City council and staff are currently reviewing the applications to determine if the project falls in line with the official community plan. The property’s zoning would have to be changed from ‘high tech industrial’ to ‘city commercial centre’ to allow for the proposed 107,000 square-foot project that would be divided into six buildings.

Improvements to the surrounding road network would also be required if the shopping centre is approved, and a consultant is currently determining estimates for the proposal.

The cost of the studies is $75,000, which is available through the 2013 budget from roads development cost charges reserves.