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The only true livable downtown core outside of Vancouver.
Live, work or play, it’s all right here! The walkable downtown core has everything a city centre requires – shopping, dining, personal and professional services, education, entertainment, recreation and lodging – all within walking distance or a short drive.
Surrounded by beautiful mountains, waterways and major transit routes, Downtown Chilliwack offers accessibility without impassable barriers. Pedestrians and cyclists have flat, unimpeded routes in multiple directions, offering an ideal location for increased residential density and new commercial ventures.
Welcome to Downtown Chilliwack
Uniquely position your business
Nothing cookie cutter here
Downtown offers a mix of zoning, blending residential and commercial activities. The core features a concentration of commercial spaces and mixed residential, with increased residential density surrounding the town centre.
Downtown commercial spaces come in a variety of sizes and designs, offering opportunities for all types of businesses. There are examples of older buildings being creatively utilized to house new ventures, or skillfully renovated into multiple smaller units. Some outdated residential units above commercial spaces have been transformed into contemporary inner-city living spaces.
“Downtown Chilliwack has a number of older spaces that offer unique opportunities for creative redevelopment. Our firm repurposed Chilliwack’s original Firehall #1 into a modern office space that has allowed us to recruit and retain the type of staff we need to make our business successful. It’s all about creating a vibe that people like to work in! The Downtown is primed for exciting changes such as these and we’re happy to be a part of the process.”ALVIN BARTEL
Community & Experiences
Celebrating history, maintaining the community core and embracing change
Located on the traditional Sto:lo territory, and settled largely by farmers and gold-seekers, Chilliwack has a rich history of diverse community experiences. Now that the city has expanded to its geographical capacity, and faces a rapidly growing population, the historical core is once again the focus of new opportunities and re-energized community engagement.
“Chilliwack is a great place to do business, and we’re proud to have a location in downtown Chilliwack. The staff at Chilliwack City Hall made expanding into downtown straightforward. The city staff were supportive, readily available to answer questions, and seemed engaged in helping our business obtain the permits & licenses required to help us keep growing. Downtown Chilliwack is a vibrant lively developing area and we’re so happy to be part of the growth.”HEIDI & ALY
The Time is Now
A SOLID INVESTMENT
The current real estate market in and around the downtown core offers the potential for a strong return on investment for commercial and residential properties.
Downtown offers considerable opportunities for new businesses and developers. Whether it’s taking over an empty space, renovating existing buildings or starting fresh with a new development, the time to get involved and be a part of the growth is now.
ROOM TO GROW
Chilliwack expansion is constrained by physical geography and agricultural zoning (ALR). Conversely, the downtown commercial core has room to grow. There are vacant lots, small buildings with room for expansion, and a significant appetite for increased residential density through vertical development.
Property costs and lease rates in downtown Chilliwack are currently among the lowest in the Lower Mainland. This trend won’t last long, but there is still ample opportunity for those willing to invest and play a role in the revitalization process.
A Motivated City
Low taxes. Fast Approvals. A commitment to Downtown Revitalization.
Incredible tax incentives
The City of Chilliwack offers a Tax Exemption Program for the purpose of encouraging revitalization in a select area of the downtown core.
Quick Permit Processing
Our business-friendly City Hall is committed to fast permitting and approval times, making Chilliwack an ideal location for your new venture.