Plumbing company eying former Bingo Palace in Courtenay

THIS ARTIST RENDERING is what the old Bingo Palace behind Driftwood Mall could look like if the development for Andrew Sheret is passed. - Photo submitted
THIS ARTIST RENDERING is what the old Bingo Palace behind Driftwood Mall could look like if the development for Andrew Sheret is passed.
— image credit: Photo submitted

The old Bingo Palace could be the new home of plumbing and heating supply store Andrew Sheret Limited.
Courtenay council heard about the proposed existing building upgrades and the addition of a warehouse on the property at 725 29th St. and 2871 Kilpatrick Ave. on Monday.
Notice will be given to the adjacent property owners of the proposed development permit with variances, and the application will return to council Feb. 6. The development permit is subject to public input.
Kevin Lamont of Herold Engineering said the existing building would have seismic and exterior upgrades, and would be the new showroom for Splashes Kitchen and Bath Centre.
The proposed expansion would add about 790 square metres of building space to the site for the warehouse.
Andrew Sheret is currently located just a few blocks away at 780 30th St. The company would eventually vacate the current location and rent out the space if theĀ  proposal goes ahead.
Lamont said the plumbing supply store and showroom needs a larger site than its current location.
It's a "very congested site, and they've outlived the size of the site," said Lamont.
He told council the proposed landscaping at the new site has been well thought out.
"The building itself is well screened, and we worked extensively with (the City planning department) to abide by the zoning bylaws and the OCP," explained Lamont.
He added that traffic would enter the site off Kilpatrick Avenue, go through the site, then exit on 29th Street, which he said would stop traffic problems.
"It's always a left in and a right out, there's no turning in on 29th; it's all through Kilpatrick, so that cuts down on any congestion, any conflict with traffic," he said.

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