Rezoning Applications For A Seniors’ Complex and Shopping Centre Approved By Kamloops City Council

This article appeared in the Kamloops This Week “City Hall Briefs” section on Friday August 14, 2009.

Seniors Centre Kamloops RezoningIt was smooth sailing for a couple of large North Shore developments at a public hearing this week. City council unanimously approved a pair of rezoning applications for a seniors’ housing complex in Brocklehurst and a shopping centre in Westsyde.

The RiverBend Seniors Community, located at Tranquille Road and Mayfair Street, met no opposition from the public on its way to being approved. The development, headed by the Thrupp Manor Society, will offer 266 multi-family seniors’ residential units comprised of 66 below-market rental units and 200 life-lease market-housing units. RiverBend will also include commercial space oriented to support services for seniors living in the complex, along with a wellness clinic. Construction on the project is expected to begin in October.

Mayor Peter Milobar said the development should help ease the demand for low-income and seniors’ housing in the city. “I think it’s a nice fit,” he said.

Council also gave the green light for a shopping centre on a 2.5-hectare piece of land at 3260 Westsyde Rd. That application also passed without any opposition.