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Jesken Town Centre FAQ

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Q: When will Project construction begin?
A: Site development and Project construction is scheduled to commence in October 2013

Q: When will the first store be open?
A: The facility is expected to open for business in March 2015.

Q: What is the status of the Highway Interchange & Overpass?
A: The Highway 17 interchange required to attain access to and egress from the facility is in the advance stages of deign. The plans for this and the environmental assessment will be submitted shortly for review by and approval of TFN and the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Q: What commercial tenants have signed up to be in the development?
A: This information is not yet available.

Q: When will the TFN have an opportunity to learn more about employment and contracting opportunities?
A: Information about employment and contracting opportunities will be provided once the agreements with tenants are finalized in July 2013.


Q: Will there be small spaces for lease available to support small businesses?
A: Yes, approximately 20,000 square feet of floor space will be available to small business.

Q: Will there be lease spaces set aside for community members?
A: Lease space will be available to any prospective tenants.

Q: What in the way of community benefits will occur as a result of this development?
A: Extensive revenues in the form of lease fees and taxation will accrue from this development to the Tsawout First Nation

Q: How will these revenues be used for and in the community?
A: This question must be directed to TFN staff.

Q: How much green space will be left in the area?
A: Within the project site, a riparian corridor ranging in width from 10 to 16.8 meters in width on both sides of Tetayut and Hawthorne Creeks will be retained, protected, enhanced and managed as part of the project. The developed project area will have generous landscaping throughout and perimeter trees to re-establish a tree-lined street edge while facilitating a more activated viewscape from the highway.


Q: Will there be salvaging of traditionally used plants that are to be removed from the development site?
A: Yes. Traditionally used plants on the portions of the site to be cleared will be inventoried prior to clearing and where possible, existing plant species used by community members will be salvaged. The Tsawout community garden program will be utilized for rehabilitation of plant species.

Q: How are the Creeks on-site going to be protected and what will they look like after the development is complete?
A: Within the project site, a riparian corridor ranging in width from 10 to 16.8 meters in width on both sides of Tetayut and Hawthorne Creeks will be retained, protected, enhanced and managed as part of the project. They will look essentially the same.

Q: How will wildlife be protected?
A: Within the project site, a riparian corridor ranging in width from ~10 to 16.8 meters in width on both sides of Tetayut and Hawthorne Creeks will be retained, protected, enhanced and managed as part of the project. Provisions will be included in the Riparian Area Management Plan to enhance wildlife habitat, and to relocate various species from the development areas to that area.

Q: How will noise be mitigated within the community i.e., effects on Hawthorne Village and other neighbours?
A: Construction noise will be mitigated by means of a variety of timing and construction practices to be employed. Operational noise levels will be subject to standard acoustic management practices and measures to ensure that they conform to prevailing regional standards.

Q. How will increased traffic be mitigated within the community? ie effects upon Tetayut Road residents, and others?
A: The design of traffic flow to and from the facility will not affect internal traffic either on Tetayut Road or elsewhere on IR #2