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In this Week’s Issue of Building Links
- Port Alberni: San Group moving forward with 73-acre residential development.
- Courtenay: Proposed 151-unit six-storey mixed-use commercial/residential.
- Campbell River: Alternative approval process for $73+ million Strathcona Gardens recreation project.
Port Alberni: San Group moving forward with 73-acre residential development.
The City of Port Alberni has received an amended application for the 73-acre Pacific Mayfair development. The applicant is proposing an amendment to the Official Community Plan to specify future land use on the property along with policies to guide future development. Staff are reviewing options to clarify expectations for all parties and ensure adequate opportunities for community feedback. In 2021, San Group announced the project with an estimated 3000 residential units over 10 years, including single to multi-family with 10-storey mass timber highrises built with lumber produced at San Group’s own mills. In 2022, the company paused the development to work with environmental biologists.
Courtenay: Proposed 151-unit six-storey mixed-use commercial/residential.
The city has received rezoning and development permit applications for a proposed 6 storey mixed-use commercial/residential development on the corner of Mansfield Drive and Cliffe Ave, near the Courtenay Airpark. The applicant has applied to redevelop the existing two storey commercial complex into 140 residential units and 11 ground floor commercial units. Residential units will be a mix of studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms ranging in size from 450 sq ft to 1170 sq ft. The subject property is currently zoned Commercial Two (C-2), and the applicant is proposing to rezone the lot to a new comprehensive development zone. The residential units will be market rate stratified housing. Loading and parking will be provided at grade for visitors, with commercial and residential parking below grade. The 1.46 acre property with 1976 commercial building was purchased in 2021 for $2.35 million.
Campbell River: Alternative approval process for $73+ million Strathcona Gardens recreation project.
Strathcona Regional District is moving forward with an alternative approval process for electoral approval to borrow $64.67 million to fund the redevelopment of the Strathcona Gardens recreation complex. The project’s estimated cost, including the arena scope of work, is $73 million. This is based on a Class A estimate for the new aquatic and wellness centre and a Class D estimate for the Rod Brind’Amour arena from 2019 which was escalated to include rising construction costs and inflation. The actual cost of adding the arena to the project will not be known until the detailed design is complete and the project has been tendered. Staff and the design consultants will strive to deliver the project within the projected $73 million budget.
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