Building Links 2013, Issue #4

January 30, 2013

Editor’s Note

The conceptual plans for the proposed new Mess Facility at 19 Wing Comox have been completed. This project has been on the drawing board for approximately eight years and will be put forward for consideration for construction, in the next fiscal Federal Government budget, between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. If this project goes ahead, it will bring a much needed boost to the construction industry in the Comox Valley, as the project is estimated to cost just over $20 million.

Site clearing and servicing is under way to allow for the construction of two new buildings for Inland Kenworth. Building A will be 10,958 square feet in size and will be two storeys high. Building B will be 10,296 square feet in size and will be one storey. The value of the permit is approximately $1.5 million and the building permit application has been submitted to the City of Campbell River for approval.

Ucluelet is seeking tenders for the Bay Street Water Treatment Facility Upgrades, and you can find more details in our tender section in this issue.

Mission Professional Centre has Public Hearing on Feb. 4

Courtenay City council has unanimously agreed to move forward to a public hearing on the Mission Professional Centre, a new medical and wellness facility proposed for Mission Road, right next to the new Comox Valley Hospital site. At the Jan. 21 Courtenay council meeting, council voted to hold a Public Hearing on Feb. 4 at 5 pm in the Council Chambers. This is a milestone for the project after eight months of community engagement, meetings with stakeholders and negotiations with City staff over the design and details of the project.

Moore Architecture made an application for a development permit for the project in mid-December. These revised plans showed increased building setbacks and other minor revisions to address initial concerns of City staff. This application is proceeding concurrently with the Rezoning and OCP amendment application. Given public and Council support, the rezoning application could be approved as early as the beginning of February. If approved, the project would include two four-storey buildings on land between Queneesh Elementary School and the Fortis BC gas company building, close to the Lerwick Road intersection. The site is currently zoned industrial and is presently used as a contractor’s storage yard. The design of the two buildings could provide more than 58,000 square feet of space.