Council tells Thrifty to fix parking-lot plan
April 17, 2010
A proposed Thrifty Foods expansion at its Cloverdale store needs a parking lot that is more pedestrian-friendly before it’s approved by Saanich council.
“There’s more that could be done to make it inviting for pedestrians,” said Coun. Dean Murdock. Council asked for more ideas on how to mix walkways and bike areas with an expanse of asphalt.
Thrifty Foods wants to expand its store into the space previously occupied by several smaller shops.
The expanded store would be the only business in the complex, on the southeast corner of Quadra and Cook streets at Cloverdale Avenue. The expansion plan presented to Saanich council this week suggests several improvements for bikes and pedestrians, but council wants to see more.
“There’s more that could be done to make it inviting and a destination for pedestrians and cyclists, including benches and water features,” Murdock said.
The application will return to Saanich council, likely next month.
Thrifty’s reno sent back
Keith Vass – Saanich News
Plans to expand the Thrifty Foods store at Quadra and Cook streets are on hold.
Saanich council tabled the grocer’s development permit application to expand its floorspace and add new exterior canopies.
Coun. Dean Murdock, who moved to put the project on hold, said there were no issues with the planned expansion, which will see Thrifty’s displace the small shops that currently share the plaza at 3475 Quadra St.
“There were some efforts to recognize pedestrians and cyclists in the design and configuration of the parking area, but still a number of challenges (exist),” he said.
The grocer has been asked to return with a design that offers better access on foot and bike as well as plans to reduce the need for staff parking.