In its current state the building is an eyesore. For 16 years we’ve gazed upon this sad sight and so have the 70,000 drivers who pass through the intersection of 64th Ave & King George Highway every day. Reputation-wise, this place is not doing Surrey any favours. Look inside and you can still see vestiges of its former glory. This, the second incarnation of the public market fell victim to the unusual business practices of the original owner. Back in the 80s, there was a wonderful public market in an old roller rink on the same corner. We loved it. That first market was always busy, and no wonder! Two fresh fish vendors, a bakery, a few veggie vendors, a meat shop and the best Japanese take out in town run by the cutest older couple. Then the owner decided to build the “new’ structure and raised the rents sky high. The vendors simply couldn’t pay the exorbitant rates and in the late 90s the place shut its doors.
This is what the place looks like today. And that’s such a crying shame.
The creek is beautiful.
The trees are spectacular.
And none of it can be used by the residents of this neighbourhood.
Sure would be nice for the city of Surrey, or some philanthropic community minded person or group to make an offer on this place and develop something for the people who live in the heart and soul of Surrey.
Upate December 23, 2014.
We’re heading into year 17. The very least that can be done is to enforce the city of Surrey’s unsightly property bylaw and tear down these walls. The people who live, work, pay taxes and raise their families here deserve to have this place removed. To let it stand one more day is simply wrong.
70,000 drivers per day drive by this.
And we wonder why Surrey can’t shake its backward image?