Wednesday, September 29, 2021

A Digby Tower Reveal

Peeking over the trees at McClymont Park, the Digby Towers has had
its protective wrap removed and now looms large on the landscape 
just off McBride Street

Whether by design, or perhaps by way of recent winds, residents of Prince Rupert have been getting a snapshot of the progress on the Digby Towers renovations this week, with the work to date, now on display from the work site overlooking McClymont Park and the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre.

The renovation project for the city's second tallest building, had up until this week been wrapped in a protective cocoon since April, with Marcan Construction and a range of sub contractors taking on the challenges of remediation for a building that last had tenants decades ago.

A closer look at the latest view of the Digby Tower project
The Sherbrooke Avenue apartment building that is set to deliver another
60 units of rental space to the community whenever the finishing touches 
are in place on the large scale overhaul of the building

As we noted earlier this year as work got underway, the prospect of up to sixty new rental spaces in the community is a topic that has made for comment from City Council and the community at large since the news was delivered late in 2020 that the long dormant building was to have new life. 

In February of this year Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain indicated he believed the project would be complete by the end of 2021. And with three months to go until the end of the year, it will be worth watching to see if the progress now in view is on pace towards that goal.

So far the investor in the project, a property owner from Victoria has yet to provide for an update on that timeline. Once the For Rent sign goes up, it's more than likely that the Digby Tower will once again be a destination address for those seeking rental accommodation in the city.

More notes on the city's housing themes can be reviewed from our archive page here.

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