The once-sleepy suburb of Tsawwassen is in the middle of a building boom.
It includes a new $3 billion bridge to replace the Massey Tunnel; a $10 billion expansion of Roberts Bank and a massive shopping mall development on Tsawwassen First Nations land.
Once completed, the complex will be home to 16 anchor tenants and include 1.2 million square feet of retail space.
For the 470 members of the Tsawwassen First Nation, the development will be their economic savior.
The mall will be home to 200 stores and an 1,100 seat food court.
The development comes after B.C. signed a landmark treaty with the First Nation in 2009.
It was B.C’s first major urban treaty and granted the First Nation self-government and 724 hectares of land.
Once completed. the shopping complex will employ over 4000 people — most of those non-aboriginal.
— with files from Jas Johal, Global News