Grocery chain considering Belmont secondary land

Langford council paves the way for a rezoning of the property

A tentative deal to sell the Belmont secondary lands in Langford has been reached with the Sooke School District.

While the district wouldn’t reveal the identity of the buyer, Langford council gave initial approvals toward rezoning the land, in response to an application from SD62.

Thrifty Foods media spokesperson Ralf Mundel would not directly confirm his company as the buyer of the property, but did say Thrifty Foods, which is owned by Sobeys, is always looking for opportunities in the West Shore.

“Currently we are doing due diligence on the possibilities associated with the Belmont property … but it’s still subject to numerous conditions,” Mundel said. “In any of the deals we’re working on nothing is complete until there’s ink on the page.”

Board secretary-treasurer Harold Cull said there has been a lot of interest in the land since it was put on the market last fall, as it has a desirable location on Jacklin Road, across from Westshore Town Centre.

Speaking about the zoning application, which passed second and third readings Monday, Coun. Denise Blackwell expects it to be approved without controversy.

“I think people understand that that’s a place in the community where we want commercial and (higher) density,” she said. “We think it’s a good deal for the school board. It helps with the funding that they’re going to get, it’s helping to build a new Belmont, so that’s good news all around.”

The move, which requires provincial approval, would change the site’s zoning from community institutional to Langford City Centre, to allow for commercial and residential development. Any project larger than a specified size would require the developer to give land and money to the city for public amenities.

The SD62 board office will remain in its current location on the edge of the property.

Just Posted

Harbour of Hope reaches $100k fundraising goal to help refugee families

Organization aims to cover the families’ living expenses for a year and beyond

French for the Future event to host 300 students in Victoria

Victoria event welcomes students from Greater Victoria and Vancouver

Victoria school district to spend $10,589 per student next year

School board approves $250 million budget

Driver crashes car into building on Quadra Street

Emergency crews respond to single vehicle crash Thursday morning near Mason Street

VIDEO: Large dust devil swirls through town in B.C.’s interior

Residents look on as column climbs about 90 feet into the air

Wanted by Crime Stoppers

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you think the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt?

Images of one of the word’s most iconic landmarks were seared into… Continue reading

RCMP arrest B.C. man following threatening Vaisakhi Facebook post

Post made reference to pressure cooker bomb at massive Surrey parade

Second dump site of Dungeness crab discovered in northern B.C.

DFO confident new site related to larger April 2 dump

Northern B.C. high school student reaches 100,000 followers on YouTube

Voice actor, animator, Jericho Fortune has more than 30-million views on his channel GTAGAMER222

University mourns student who died in B.C. canoeing accident

Andrew Milner, 19, was in his second year with the University of Calgary’s basketball program

B.C. woman pleads for people to stop stealing daffodils meant to honour cancer victims

Cynthia Bentley honours memory of those lost to cancer by planting 100 daffodils each year

Most Read