Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News

October 20, 2021

In this Week’s Issue of Building Links

  • Campbell River: DP approved for a new 70 unit apartment building, north of the Big Rock Boat Ramp. 
  • Courtenay: Construction is underway for a commercial and 39 residential rental building in Downtown.
  • Port Alberni: Tender released for a Construction Manager for the Train Station renovations.
A development permit application for WestUrban Developments latest residential project has been given approval. This artist’s rendition shows the proposed design for this building with 5 stories of residential units.

Campbell River: DP approved for a new 70 unit apartment building, north of the Big Rock Boat Ramp

Council has approved a Development Permit for a six storey (including parade), market rental apartment building along the Island Highway waterfront corridor. The property is 1.096 acres in size and will include 70 units over 5 stories in a mix of 9 three bedrooms, 29 two bedrooms, 21 one bedrooms, and 11 bachelor suites. The property received zoning approval in May and included amendments to the density provisions. The density bonusing is proposed as a monetary amount for future parkland. Upon submission of a building permit application, a land appraisal will be submitted with the application in order to calculate the density bonus contribution. The proposal is also subject to the General, Multi-family, Community Energy and Emissions Reductions Development Permit guidelines contained within the Official Community Plan. The applicant has incorporated passive solar lighting and heating, glazed windows for passive heat gain and prevention of overheating in the afternoon hours, and energy efficient lighting to meet the intent of the CEED guidelines. WestUrban Developments Ltd is the developer.

Courtenay: Construction is underway for a commercial and 39 residential rental building in Downtown Courtenay.

Site preparation has for Palace Place in downtown Courtenay. This is a mixed commercial-residential development with 39 residential rental units on the corner of Duncan Avenue and 5th Street. A building permit approval is expected this month. Knappett Projects is the general contractor. As proposed, units ranging in size from 608 to 936 sq.ft., with a total of 30 one-bedroom units and 9 3-bedroom units. Some of the units are designed for accessible living and ground level will be commercial only. There will also be underground parking with 29 stalls. The owner intends to build using the CMHC’s Rental Construction Financing Initiative, which requires residential income at least 10% below its gross achievable rental income and 20% of units with rents at or below 30% of median total income for families in the area for at least 10 years. The building is also expected to meet Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code. The project is expected to be complete in the Spring of 2023.

Port Alberni: Tender released for a Construction Manager for the Train Station renovations.

The City of Port Alberni has released a tender for Construction Manager for the renovations of the City-owned Train Station. The Train Station is a registered heritage building originally constructed in 1911. The City’s vision is to preserve the historical building as a public gathering location. A provincial grant for $390,000 was announced in March 2021 for this project. The tender closes November 5. The work will include the demolition of interior finishes, including mechanical and electrical equipment, and renovations including structural improvements, new walls assemblies, new roofing, mechanical and electrical. The project includes providing a base building for future tenant improvements.

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