Once a bustling hub, Tower Mall has largely fallen silent. One by one, tenants move on, leaving behind a lone security guard roaming the halls of an enclosed shopping mall that’s now just a shell of its former self.
To be clear, there’s a surprising number of enterprises remaining at Tower Mall — 11 in the mall itself — but the facilities want for redevelopment.
For years, downtown Vancouver and much of the eastside have benefitted from investment. At the moment, the city is pushing resources toward the waterfront redevelopment. But as its opening dates draw near, the question for many is what’s next.
The Heights District, formerly known as the Tower Mall, is now on deck.
“One of the major goals is to catalyze investment in this area of the city that hasn’t had it in a long time,” said Rebecca Kennedy, Vancouver’s long range project manager.
The city purchased Tower Mall at auction last June for $5 million.
The 12-acre site includes the 186,000-square-foot enclosed mall at the intersection of East Mill Plain Boulevard and North Devine Road, which is currently anchored by Bethesda Church. The city’s purchase is just a portion of the 25-acre triangular site, which is bounded by MacArthur Boulevard on the south and west.