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Comox land buy to connect marina, downtown and waterfront
As a way of linking the marina, downtown and the waterfront, the Town of Comox recently completed the purchase of a property on Beaufort Avenue to aid in downtown vitalization and marina enhancement.
At Wednesday's council meeting, chief administrative officer Richard Kanigan noted in a report the Town purchased 1988 Beaufort Ave. for $570,000, under the appraised value of $575,000.
At a special in-camera meeting in July, council passed a motion for staff to make an offer, not to exceed $600,000, to purchase the home subject to an appraisal and survey.
The property consists of two lots, and staff is now looking into the potential of a subdivision or lot line adjustment to create another building lot, dedicated parkland along the stream and a remainder lot for the existing house, he added.
The acquisition of the property is directly linked to the Town's Strategic Plan — with a goal to develop a community walkway linking the marina, downtown, waterfront and parks.
It is also supported in the Official Community Plan for environmental protection and greenway acquisition and development.
A more comprehensive report will be brought forward for council's consideration early in the New Year.
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At Wednesday's meeting, council also voted to continue with Couns. Patti Fletcher and Tom Grant as representatives for the Town to the Comox Valley Regional District board for 2014.
Couns. Barbara Price and Ken Grant were chosen as alternates.