August 30, 2018: Letter to the Editor: Carlingwood Mall Rebuild;
Letters to Newswest.
By Pat Parker.
Carlingwood Mall is in the news with the recent announcement that the former Sears store is slated for demolition. We were living in McKellar Park when Carlingwood was built. I grew up and grew older with all its various renditions.
I think the Sears location would be perfect now, for affordable, seniors’ apartments. The first two floors could be retail and business, then floors 3 and up could be apartments.
Carlingwood includes a grocery, pharmacy, a walk-in clinic, barber, hair salon, restaurant, and every service seniors would need – in a covered, carpeted environment that is already seniors friendly and well-appreciated.
Underground parking for residents would be available. We seniors who are not snow-birds need a place like this to endure our winters, maybe even a theater on the second floor using escalators from the main floor? I think it would be wonderful for seniors and for business and, believe it or not, we seniors CAN revitalize an area.
I have posted this idea to social media where it quickly received many encouraging responses and suggestions as to further opportunities offered by the upcoming renovations planned for the Carlingwood Mall.