|With Renovations once again a hot topic in Prince Rupert|
some guidance on past plans for housing yet to be
delivered is required
As we outlined last week, the issue of renoviction is making for some early conversation pieces for the community in 2023.
And with the ongoing challenge of finding a place to rent for those in the community, it seems it will soon become a topic that Prince Rupert City Council will once again hear about often and have to address as the year ahead moves forward.
The first telegraph towards that came last week with word of plans for renoviction for the Harbour View apartments at Seal Cove and questions towards the effectiveness of the City's bylaws passed in 2022.
And with City Council perhaps to hear from the public on January 23rd towards that topic, they may want to get in touch with the MLA for the North Coast and ask Jennifer Rice to lend a hand in moving some potential home development forward.
They may even want to invite the MLA to the January 23rd session to hear from the residents and offer up some notes on what the province may be able to do towards assisting them as they seek out new accommodation in a town that has few options for them.
And as more and more apartments seemingly come off the rental listings, it would seem a timely moment for an update on a development that was first announced in 2019.
A project which still has yet to put down a foundation towards an ambitious redevelopment proposal, to be called Harbour View Gardens.
BC Housing's McKay Street plans clearly are well behind schedule, with little in the way of an update provided to their information guide for the project.
The last note of engagement on the project was a Tenant Open House of June 2021, the development one which was supposed to be underway in 2022 with completion by 2024
Since then, the only activity that has been seen on the site for the proposed development is the fencing off of a number of townhouse rows that are no longer available for residents and occasional visits from Prince Rupert Fire Rescue.
|Townhomes on McKay street, closed and fenced off|
|Vacant land on Kootenay once hosted a number of BC Housing |
units, what the fate of that property is has yet to be announced