Commercial Anchors

"West Kootenay Centre" - Castlegar Has 37 Acres of Land for a Big Box Retail/Service Centre

The City of Castlegar is encouraging development of a big box retail centre to serve the Columbia/Kootenay Valleys on city-owned airport lands. Adjacent to the West Kootenay Regional Airport and the recently constructed Chances Gaming Centre (casino), this land services a trade area population of 60,000 people, and is both the largest and most accessible tract of raw, flat commercial land in the West Kootenay.

  • Subdivision size is flexible.
  • Servicing - the City extended water and sewer lines across the bridge (Columbia River) in 2011. Phase 2 construction planned for 2012 will extend potable water and sewer to the boundary of the airport lands.
  • Land use - the site is designated as Regional Commercial Airport. Appropriate uses include: department stores, medium and large sized retail, service commercial, tourist entertainment and accommodation, auto dealers and service stations, professional offices and services, institutional (utilities) offices, work yards, and storage areas, and retail commercial including building, garden and nursery services and accessory yards.
  • Access – the City is undertaking a traffic study with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to determine best layout for intersection access.

Price is negotiable and depends on nature and scope of proposal. Contact the City at economicdevelopment@casttlegar.ca for more information.

Castlegar’s desire to attract construction of a big box retail/service centre is supported by other anchors and initiatives that work to enhance Castlegar’s commercial service centre role and vision:

  • The City is a transportation hub for the Columbia Valley and the West Kootenay. Castlegar sits at the junction of Highways 3, 3B, and 22. The West Kootenay Regional Airport (75,000 annual passenger movements) is the main regional airport, with daily flights to both Vancouver and Calgary.
  • The City is a regional commercial service centre (650 businesses). 2010/2011 construction activity included Chances Gaming Centre (regional casino), and Credit Union, City Furniture and Job’s Clothing buildings
  • The City is an education hub - Selkirk College’s main campus in Castlegar has 750 students (2000 students total). School District #20 has an Operational Centre in Castlegar.
  • The City is a central service hub for West Kootenay tourism activity.
  • The City is aggressively pursuing a role as a health care services hub to enhance service to West Kootenay while improving efficiency of service provision. Castlegar has a property that meets all requirements for future regional hospital consideration.
  • Regional industry anchors regional employment:
    • Zellstoff Celgar mill (Castlegar): one of the largest and most modern single line kraft pulp mills in North America. $150 M capital upgrades since 2007
    • Interfor mill (dimensional lumber)- re-opened 2010 following shut-down during recession
    • Columbia Power Corporation (Trail) – currently in midst of $900,000,000 hydroelectric capital project expansion
    • Teck (Trail) - largest regional employer (1500 people), and one of the world’s largest fully-integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes
  • Castlegar’s economic development objectives support regional service centre solidification and diversification: expand commercial base; open regional commercial base (i.e. new forms of regional enterprise); attract independent entrepreneurs (B.C./Alberta urban environments); strengthen forestry; enhance telecommunications network; expand/diversify industry base; enhance recreational, cultural and heritage potential
  • Castlegar’s brand development (new brand – 2008) is grounded in a lifestyle-based commercial service centre vision. Achievements to date include:
    • Renaming and rebranding of airport to West Kootenay Regional Airport to promote visibility of the Region
    • Sculpture Walk (annual commissioning/display of sculpture from across North America)
    • Vancouver Airport Community (video) Showcase: Castlegar one of B.C.’s feature communities
    • Regional Airport Advisory Committee formed to study airport improvements