Downtown Chilliwack is the commercial and historic core of the city and is located on the north side of the Trans-Canada Highway, just minutes from Chilliwack’s main freeway entrance.

The downtown core centers around Main Street, Yale Road East and Young Road. The historic Five Corners is in the heart of downtown where Yale Road and Young Road intersect with Wellington Avenue.

Like most downtown areas, downtown Chilliwack has a high concentration of retail and service operations. There are more than 300 diverse businesses in downtown Chilliwack, including financial institutions, restaurants, convenience stores, hotels, pharmacies, medical facilities, family entertainment and many other services. Most of these businesses are locally owned and contribute to downtown Chilliwack’s unique shopping experience.

Downtown Redevelopment Update

For over a decade, residents, business owners and City committees have been working together to define the vision for Chilliwack’s downtown. Following 2011 recommendations from the City’s Downtown Core Task Force, the City of Chilliwack and the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) assembled properties in the site bounded by Young Road, Yale Road, Princess Avenue and Empress Lane. Now, after many years of work, Chilliwack City Council has awarded the contract for the redevelopment of the 3.75 acre downtown site to Algra Bros. Developments Ltd.

The new and innovative redevelopment proposed by Algra Bros. aims to transform the downtown into a healthy, sustainable and thriving community and will set a benchmark for all subsequent development downtown. The redevelopment site will see a combination of retail, commercial, residential and mixed-used developments as part of the multi-year, multi-phase project that will provide a balance of jobs, amenities and housing to create a diverse and inclusive downtown core.

Development Opportunity

Purchase & Development of Downtown Chilliwack Properties

On September 14, 2017, the City of Chilliwack and the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (the Partners) issued a Request for Proposals for the Purchase and Development of Downtown Properties. The RFP closed on January 17, 2018 and proposals are under review.

This development site presents a unique opportunity for progress and potential for development in the downtown. Land uses within the surrounding area currently include a variety of retail, commercial, residential and mixed-use commercial/residential developments. These properties made available for sale by the Partners offer a unique opportunity to create an iconic legacy-style development that will showcase the Developer’s professional acumen and set a benchmark for subsequent development in the downtown.

The primary goal is to densify the downtown and provide an environment that would attract appropriate commercial and business activity as well as new residents to the downtown.

The Five Corners property comprises nearly the entire city block between Yale Road to the north, Princess Avenue to the south, Young Road to the west, and Nowell Street to the east. It therefore occupies a prime location at the City’s historic five corners intersection. It offers significant frontage along two of the City of Chilliwack’s most important and high volume roadways – Yale Road (10,000+ vehicles per day) and Young Road (nearly 7,500 vehicles per day).

Community Garden

The Community Garden site will possibly be developed within the next one or two years. Greater interest to develop will be generated once there is clear evidence of a strong commitment to building multi-family downtown. The Community Garden site’s development would give the immediate area much needed investment and help create a wave of redevelopment activity.

Downtown Investment

Edward's Crossing in Chilliwack, BC
Edwards Crossing

A seven-unit commercial development that features a Starbucks drive-through, KFC, People’s Pharmacy, a medical clinic and other commercial and professional businesses.

Main Street Station in Chilliwack, BC
Main Street Station

This mixed use development is located on 3 acres between Main Street and Mary Street in the heart of downtown Chilliwack.
The Main Street Station is located in close proximately to major banks, Chilliwack Law Courts, international dining, hotels, professional law/medical/accounting offices, Chilliwack museum, Chilliwack General Hospital and a multitude of condominium complexes.

Mill Street in Chilliwack, BC
 Mill Street

In the summer of 2016, Chaos & Solace Craft Brewing launched their new craft brewery and tasting room on Mill Street. The brewery features locally inspired beer made with west coast hops.

Formerly operating as Smudges Art Shop, the Arthouse on Mill Street recently moved into a newly renovated 2,500 sq.ft. gallery space on the east side of Mill Street. In addition to being an art gallery, the owner also hosts ‘artful’ events and offers classes in painting and photography.

The building at 9361 Mill Street has been completely restored and renovated and is now home to the Beautyboxx, Bella Cina Home Décor, and Cruz Tattoo Studio. There is also an 854 sq.ft. residential space above.

Mad Butcher in Chilliwack, BC
BeNanna Bakery in Chilliwack, BC
Mad Butcher, Produce Gone Wild, BeNanna Bakery – Alexander Avenue

The Mad Butcher – owned by Fraser Valley Meats, and Produce Gone Wild – owned by Hofstede’s Country Barn, both opened in the spring of 2015 on Alexander Avenue. Later the same year, BeNanna Bakery opened its doors making this complex a one-stop grocery shopping destination.

Chilliwack Cultural Centre
Chilliwack Cultural Centre

The Chilliwack Cultural Centre, built in 2009 and valued at $22M, is comprised of an art gallery, 500+ seat performance theatre, 250 seat studio, music rooms, instruction rooms, arts and crafts studios and related amenities.

Yale and Fletcher in Chilliwack, BC
Yale Road and Fletcher Street

The former JC Audiotronic location at Yale Road and Fletcher Street is now home to Domino’s Pizza, Scarecrow Ink, and Go Audio.

Main Street Church in Chilliwack, BC
 Main Street Church

In 2011, Main Street Church (formerly Promontory Church) purchased the downtown building (housing Liquidation World) on the corner of Main Street and Princess Avenue. The church occupied part of the space while the store remained as a tenant. In 2014, the church took over 10,000 sq.ft. of former retail space and now occupies the entire building.

 Midtown Square

Located next to Safeway, Envision Credit Union, and The Mad Butcher, Midtown Square is a 7,875 sq.ft. commercial complex in downtown Chilliwack. Current tenants include Supplement King, Roblin Travel & Cruise, and Mainland Insurance.

Downtown Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw

Program Summary
Bylaw Information

Downtown Design Guidelines

The Chilliwack Downtown Design Guidelines have been developed to implement the Official Community Plan, adopted in 2014, and the Downtown Land Use and Development Plan, adopted in 2009. The Downtown Land Use and Development Plan articulates a clear vision for Downtown Chilliwack to be an attractive, vibrant, and safe neighbourhood. Through the implementation of the Downtown Design Guidelines, the City of Chilliwack is committed to ensuring that development enhances the character and quality of the downtown and creates a pedestrian environment that is memorable and engaging for residents and visitors alike.

The Chilliwack Downtown Design Guidelines highlight and recognize the unique character of the downtown core and encourage the restoration and enhancement of buildings of heritage value by property owners as a means of celebrating Chilliwack’s unique and significant cultural heritage, while providing direction for new development.

Overall, the guidelines recognize that the unique character of the downtown can be creatively enhanced without the need for replication of historical styles and techniques. New development is encouraged to utilize the form, proportion, pattern, and detailing of architectural features to form a cohesive design fabric with existing development.