If you’ve been to downtown Abbotsford recently you probably noticed the Flatiron Building, the delightful red brick building on the corner of South Fraser Way and Montrose Avenue. The Flatiron is the brainchild of a company that has moved their offices to the downtown, Algra Bros Development.
Known for their award-winning residential developments in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, Algra Bros has recently turned their attention to improving downtown Abbotsford. Algra Bros purchased several tired and empty properties, including a lot that had been a burnt-out hole in the ground for more than twenty years, and got to work changing the face of downtown.
The results of the Algra Bros’ work premiered last fall with the sensational opening of Oldhand Coffee’s beautiful storefront on Pauline Street in the former home of the Cackler restaurant. The brothers quickly followed up that success with the renovation of the Cobbler Building on S. Fraser Way. Mostly empty after the cobbler left a few years ago, the Cobbler Building is now home to Simply Perfect Flowers, Little Bean, Fastamps Engraving, and the headquarters of Algra Bros. The burnt-out hole in the ground on Montrose and S. Fraser Way Algra Bros bought is now the Flatiron Building and will be welcoming new businesses to downtown soon, including Simpson Notaries.
Algra Bros is far from finished with the downtown. On Essendene, the transformation of the former Caps Bicycles building into three storefronts is underway and has attracted more newcomers to the downtown: The Habit Project, a cold-pressed juice company and Blueberry Meadows, a furniture store from Ft. Langley. An exciting project on Montrose Avenue is in the design process now and will be made public soon.
Despite the flurry of projects downtown capturing a lot of their attention, the Algra Bros are still building homes. They just completed Aston Row in midtown Abbotsford and Brixton Station in Chilliwack. This fall, they’re preparing to launch Timberlane – fifty-eight single-family homes in East Abbotsford. To learn more about Algra Bros visit their website www.algrabros.com.