Sidney Gateway is a 98,500 square foot commercial development situated in the Town of Sidney on Victoria's Saanich Peninsula. Once built it will become the largest shopping centre on the Saanich Peninsula.
The project will consist of nine buildings with a grocery store and a drug store/electronics retailer as anchor tenants.
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I know your question was meant to be rhetorical ASE, but to answer it, no, I don't think another region exists that fears change as much as the populace of the CRD.
People driving by on the highway have never been able to see the nifty little town centre at the eastern end of Beacon Avenue. It's a few blocks away, how could they possibly see it? As viewed from the highway, Sidney already seems to be about generic strip malls and such. Mcdonald's, gas stations, motels, etc.
But why should anyone even care what people driving by on the highway will see? I've asked this a bunch of times over the years but I'll ask it again: why are so many Victorians so concerned about what drivers will see from their cars as they're driving past? Why are so many Victorians not at all concerned about what people will see and do and experience when they're walking around?
Anyway, if you really want Sidney's town centre to thrive then you should be taking measures to enhance it and improve it. Continue to develop the things that people like about it. Emphasize its uniqueness. If you do that then you don't need to worry about what's happening elsewhere.
In other words, nobody partakes of Sidney's town centre because there isn't a new strip mall across the highway. They partake of Sidney's town centre because they like Sidney's town centre. So give them more reasons to like it. Make it better. Make it more.
Hey, if Mike K. is out of shape and getting concerned about his condition, what should he do? Should he try to prevent MarkoJ from doing his extreme workouts, so that he doesn't look so bad by comparison? Of course not. He should work on himself.
Really, this idea that a new shopping centre would surely kill your town centre is basically a backhanded admission that you think your town centre sucks. But Sidney's town centre actually doesn't suck. It's a great little neighbourhood, genuinely urban (hence its uniqueness on the suburban peninsula), and it has a ton of potential.
If they were truly concerned with what drivers will see they would be working on getting rid of all the ugly billboards a few miles down the highway.
That's a sensitive issue. Natives have centuries-old billboard rights.
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