Canada’s first rail mall is set to open at New Westminster SkyTrain station in 2011, developers said yesterday.

The 200,000-square-foot shopping mall overlooking the Fraser River is being built around the station, with the SkyTrain tracks going right through it. It’ll include various retailers including Shoppers Drug Mart, Royal Bank, Safeway and a 10-screen cinema.

TransLink spokesperson Ken Hardie said the development plays right into the transit authority’s ambition of mixing community centres and transit hubs.

“This development is the way of the future, where elevated traffic is fully integrated with shopping and a large residential complex,” he said.

Mike Degelder, the developer of the mall and three residential towers already built by the site, projected 500 families will move into the complex.

New Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright described it as “the future of living in an urban environment.”

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