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Kamloops Council Gives Nod to 10-Year Tax Break Downtown, Kamloops This Week

This article appeared in the Kamloops This Week on April 15th, 2015 and was written by Andrea Klassen.

Residential developers in downtown Kamloops will soon get a break on their taxes even if they don’t include rental units in their projects.

Kamloops city council has agreed to expand its downtown tax exemptions to include a 10-year, 100 per cent break on municipal taxes for projects that include new residential units.

A staff estimate puts the tax savings at $349,969 over the term for a new building with 15 units, and $745,848 for a development with 53 units.

Previously, the city had offered a tax break for residential projects in which at least 50 per cent of the units built are for rent, but planning and development manager Randy Lambright said no one has taken the city up on the offer since that incentive was created.

The city also gives tax breaks on both the North Shore and downtown for redeveloping brownfield sites, including former gas stations.

Several councillors wanted to see the downtown exemptions broadened further, to allow for other projects, such as converting unused office space into residential units.

Coun. Marg Spina is a fan of that idea, which she said could add more affordable housing to the downtown.

“My caution would be that I want to see the affordability factor there so we’re not just making tax exemptions for high-end residential buildings,” she said.

Coun. Tina Lange sees the move away from rentals as positive for developing the city’s core, arguing homeowners are more likely to stay in the area and become part of the downtown community.

“In order to build downtown, which is the most expensive per-square-foot land in the city, affordable housing isn’t going to be an option,” she said.

“If we want developers to build something they can sell, affordable housing isn’t going to cut it.”

Coun. Arjun Singh floated a proposal to allow tax breaks for second-floor conversions, using another portion of the downtown tax bylaw which gives a break on improvements worth $100,000 or 30 per cent of a property’s assessed value if they also include improvements to the building’s appearance.

Singh suggested the city could waive appearance requirements in cases when residential conversion is taking place, but wasn’t able to convince a majority of council to take up his idea.

“Frankly, I’m not looking to convert office space into apartments in downtown Kamloops,” Mayor Peter Milobar said.

“I think we have that office space and we need to fill it up because that provides employment for people to want to live in downtown Kamloops.”

Only Coun. Donovan Cavers opposed the new tax-break structure, saying the new exemptions are too broad and don’t allow council to pinpoint specific kinds of development it wants to encourage downtown.

Open House: 1182 St Andrew’s Way, Aberdeen, Saturday, April 18, 2:30-4:00pm

1182 St Andrews Way, Aberdeen, Kamloops Home for Sale

Open House: 1182 St Andrew’s Way, Aberdeen, Saturday, April 18, 2:30-4:00pm.

Custom rancher with expansive panoramic views of the city and river valley.

This home features a nice office with skylight on the main floor, large foyer with open stairway to bottom level. Nice great room open floor plan, kitchen has granite island, nook and family room. Gorgeous windows to enjoy from every spot in the great room to take in the views. There is also a formal dining room and living room off of the main entry. There are 2 gas fireplaces on the main floor, maple hardwood floors and tile throughout, a large mud/laundry room, a 3 piece bathroom and access to one of the two decks from the nook area.

The bottom level features polished concrete floors with radiant heat throughout. The master suite has a nice ensuite and walk in closet. There are 3 additional bedrooms on the bottom level, two of the 3 have their own 3 piece ensuites – perfect for a bed and breakfast! There is a nice sized rec room in the basement with gas fireplace. 3 of the bedrooms have gorgeous views of the river valley and city.

Extra features include a 3 car garage with room for your RV or trailer, updated hot water tank in 2011, central a/c, low maintenance landscaping – no grass to mow! This home is ready for it’s new owners. It won’t disappoint!

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Open House: 25-1250 Aberdeen Drive, Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1:30-3:00pm

25-1250 Aberdeen Drive, Kamloops Home for Sale

Open House: 25-1250 Aberdeen Drive, Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1:30-3:00pm.

This 4 year old Carradale Court 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home shows just like new.

Great home located in a popular area of Aberdeen close to schools, transportation, shopping and hiking trails. Beautiful open floor plan with stainless steel appliances and nice fresh white kitchen. The living room has built in storage and wall mounted electric fireplace. There is access to a concrete patio area and fenced yard from the main level.

There is a good sized master bedroom with a cheater ensuite (also the main bathroom). The basement is fully finished with a rec room, bedroom, bathroom, plus a 4×5 storage space and big laundry room. This home is very clean, with lots of natural light. Bareland strata of $80.59 per month. Pets are allowed.

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Open House: 821 Bramble Place, Aberdeen, Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1:00-2:30pm

821 Bramble Place, Aberdeen, Kamloops Home for Sale

Open House: 821 Bramble Place, Aberdeen, Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1:00-2:30pm.

Rare find! Five bedrooms on the second level of this home – great or a large or growing family.

The second level also features a 4 piece guest bathroom and a updated custom ensuite with large soaker tub and big vanity for all your extras. Inviting foyer on the main floor opens up to a large living space with hardwood floors and grand staircase to the second level.

There is also a large kitchen with center island and raised breakfast bar, a large dining or new area, and a family room with gas fireplace and access to the backyard. There is also a two piece powder room on the main floor laundry and access to the two car garage.

The basement level has great potential with lots of storage a large rec room and 6th bedroom. There is access to the outside from the basement. The backyard is private has some grass base for and pets as well as a large deck for entertaining. Day before notice for showings.

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Open House: 1017 Selkirk Avenue, North Kamloops, Saturday, April 18, 2015, 11:30-1:00pm

1017 Selkirk Avenue, North Kamloops, Home for SaleOpen House: 1017 Selkirk Avenue, North Kamloops, Saturday, April 18, 2015, 11:30-1:00pm.

The work here has been done for you and this home is move-in ready!

Pride of ownership is evident when you step into this charming 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home.  Recent updates include: flooring, paint, fixtures, crown moulding, spa inspired baths with tiled showers, furnace, windows and underground sprinklers.

The main level features a bright and cozy living area that opens up to a nice dining room that captures inspiring mountain views. Spacious master bedroom with walk-in closet and a beautiful 5 piece bathroom.  The kitchen opens up to a peaceful covered deck area that can be enjoyed year round. Downstairs features 2 generous sized bedrooms, rec. room, 3 piece bath and cold room.

Great suite potential if desired with separate entrance.  Fully fenced yard with lane access to the impressive 24×26 detached shop with 10’ overhead door that is outfitted with radiant heat and 220 power.

Entertaining will be a breeze in this beautifully landscaped yard that features an expansive deck and patio area with a hot tub and a covered gourmet outdoor cooking area.  There is ample parking located at the front of the home.  Close to shopping, transit, schools and parks.  This home must be viewed to be fully appreciated.

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