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IGA construction underway

Charlie Lee, Robert Lee, Peter Lee and Marco Paolella of Marcon Development ceremonially break the ground to mark the beginning of construction on the new IGA in Fort Langley on Friday. - Miranda GATHERCOLE/Langley Times
Charlie Lee, Robert Lee, Peter Lee and Marco Paolella of Marcon Development ceremonially break the ground to mark the beginning of construction on the new IGA in Fort Langley on Friday.
— image credit: Miranda GATHERCOLE/Langley Times

Members of the Lee family and Marco Paolella of Marcon Development made the first indentations in the soil at the IGA property in Fort Langley on Friday, to commemorate the beginning of the store’s rebuilding project.

The IGA grocery store, which had been owned and operated by the Lee family on the corner of Mavis Avenue and Glover Road since 1975, burned to the ground in early January. The long-awaited excavation for a new building begins this week.

“It’s been a long time waiting. We’re excited to be moving this forward and starting the construction,” said Russ Wallbank of Marcon Development.

Robert Lee says he was surprised by the number of community supporters and members of the Township government that gathered on the vacant lot to support the Lee family for the “groundbreaking” event.

“We have had unbelievable community support right from the start,” he said. “We are very thankful for their help.”

Lee says he gives credit to past Township mayor Kurt Alberts, a Fort Langley resident, for being “instrumental” in his support and promotion of the project.

“The IGA was a big part of the Fort Langley Village,” Alberts said. “It’s a special place and there’s been a hole in the community since it burned down.”

Plans for the new IGA include additional office space and a new plaza to be built on the site. Construction is expected to be completed by summer or fall of 2012.

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