Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News

September 14, 2022

In this Week’s Issue of Building Links

  • Port Alberni: Expressions of Interest for developing 43 acres of waterfront.
  • Cumberland: New proposal to the old Cumberland Hotel property.
  • Powell River: New 23 unit condo building now under construction.
The City of Port Alberni is seeking expressions of interest from both developers and the community in the remediation and repurposing of the Somass Lands. This artists drawing shows an imagined redevelopment of the waterfront property. Image courtesy of the City of Port Alberni.

Port Alberni: Expressions of Interest for developing 43 acres of waterfront.

Port Alberni is moving forward with redeveloping 43 acres of waterfront and would like to connect with interested developers and has initiated a Request for Expressions of Interest process. The city hopes to identify parties who want to be involved in the redevelopment of the Somass Lands, a 43-acre parcel of waterfront land where the Somass Division sawmill formerly operated. The city purchased the lands in 2021 for $5.3 million from Western Forest Products. The REOI is open to parties who are interested in purchasing the property or in partnering with the city, as well as business owners looking to open new businesses on the lands or expanding existing operations. The City is committed to creating space on the Somass Lands that allow for public gatherings as well as access to the waterfront. While designs have been conceptual to date, the City envisions the Somass Lands will include park space, public amenities and retail along the waterfront. How these elements are delivered will evolve with input from developers and others throughout the process. For more information, visit Let’s Connect Port Alberni.

Cumberland: New proposal to the old Cumberland Hotel property.

The four storey mixed residential-commercial project for the old Cumberland Hotel property in Cumberland has been altered. The new application includes several changes including increasing the number of residential units from 15 to 21 and adding an underground parkade. The existing heritage alteration permit (HAP) is for a four-storey mixed-use development with three medium sized commercial units on the ground floor and 15 apartment units on floors two to four. The building has since been redesigned with a greater setback of the southwest corner of the building from Dunsmuir Avenue to observe the BC Hydro requirement of a 3 m separation distance of the building to the overhead powerline. The greater setback necessitated a design change to the façade facing Dunsmuir Avenue. The applicant has also added individual bike storage instead of a common room. Council referred the application to the Heritage Committee for comment.

Powell River: New 23 unit condo building now under construction.

Powell River’s newest 23 unit luxury condominium building is now under construction and several units are still available for sale. A building permit with a value of $1 million has been issued for Phase 2 of Pacific Point. The permit is for constructing a concrete parkade for the 23 unit condominium building, guest suite and four units of commercial space. Pre-sales for the condos began in October 2021. The one, two and three bedroom units range in size from 850 to 2,000 sq.ft. Sales started in 2021 and several units are still listed from $379,000 for a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom unit and $499,000 for 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. The building is proposed to be built to Green Gold standard with ductless split-air conditioning and heating system, large covered decks and ocean views. Once complete, the development will include 33 new residential units, multiple tourist accommodation suites, a boutique grocery market and other retail and commercial services. Construction on Phase 1 started in March 2021 with a 10 unit building.

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