Friday, July 29, 2016

Drake Crescent housing development gains Council approval

Property Developer Kevin Stunder
provided a brief overview of his
proposed development for the Drake
Crescent/Prince Rupert boulevard
area of the city
Compared to the lengthy engagement required when it came to the proposed Graham Avenue land sale on Monday night, the discussion related to a proposed housing development on the city's east side went considerably smoother and consumed significantly less time.

A short presentation from the development proponent Kevin Stunder of Aurora Resorts provided the background to the proposed development, which will feature two buildings consisting of no more than 80 units in total.

The mix of the units to be constructed would be one, two and three bedrooms, though it has not yet been determined if the building will be stratified and sold to individual buyers, or rented out.

Two members of the public participated in the public hearing, with realtor Victory Prystay offering his support to the proposed development, noting how it would help to answer some of the housing concerns in the community.

Council moved forward with plans for
a two building housing concept
for the Drake Crescent area
When it came to the vote later in the evening on the zoning requirements, Mayor Brain and a number of Council members hailed the willingness of the developer to get some boots on the ground and launch the project.

As well, the developer was praised for his efforts when it came to the covenants that the city had
placed on the land in question, addressing the concerns of the city related to project density and the need to assist in amenity development in the form of a trail that is located near the proposed development.

On the theme of the trail development, the developer will either offer his services to work on the trail site, or contribute cash towards the project.

No timeline was outlined to Council on Monday evening however that indicates when the work on the actual housing proposal may get underway.

You can review more of Monday's discussion from our Council Timeline feature.

The full account of the Drake Crescent zoning issues can be found from the City's Video Archive, the Public hearing can be viewed from the very start of Monday's session, while Council's discussion and vote on the topic comes at the one hour and nineteen minute mark.

For more items related to housing in Prince Rupert see our Housing archive page here.

More background on City Council discussions can be found on our archive page.

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