Friday, October 25, 2019

Footprint in place for new Rupert Lawn and Garden Centre at Seal Cove

Work is moving along nicely in Seal Cove at the site for the
new Rupert Lawn and Garden Centre

There has been quite a bit of progress down in the Seal Cove area in recent weeks, with crews from Rupert Wood N Steel making quick work of the demolition of the old Rupert Lawn and Garden Centre, making way for work to start of the new structure and all that it will offer the community.

The most recent milestone was the installation of the slab that makes for the footprint of the new retail store on Bellis Road, with work soon to get underway towards the framing of the building and the interior work that will follow.

It's anticipated that all the work will be complete in time for a Spring opening.

As we outlined in September, the Gitmaxmak'ay Nisga'a Society has some ambitious plans for the new centre once it is completed, with a coffee shop and other new options in mind for the hugely popular oasis on the east side of the city.

This week, Prince Rupert City Council received another glimpse at some of those future plans, when they received a request for a letter of support towards funding that the Gimaxmak'ay  Nisga'a Society is seeking towards development of a Hydroponics Greens element to their Seal Cove location.

As we noted on Monday, that would provide for a new venture for the Society to explore as they look to add to a level of food security in the community and gain a return on their investment through the local sales of greens and herbs.

Their information package for City Council highlighted the added on value that the new venture would offer to the community as well as how it will  benefit  lower income members of the area.

Following the review of the request, Council gave its approval towards the letter of support, with a number of Council members speaking in favour of the initiatives offered up on the evening.

For more notes from the Monday Council session see our Council Archive page here.

A wider overview of the city's retail and business sector can be found from our Commercial Sector archive.

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