Residential-commercial development in Comox passes hurdle

A new mixed residential and commercial development proposed for Beaufort Avenue is one step closer to reality following a quick public hearing last Wednesday night.

A new mixed residential and commercial development proposed for Beaufort Avenue is one step closer to reality following a quick public hearing last Wednesday night. Two weeks ago, councillors approved first and second reading to a zoning amendment to allow for a 1,923-square-metre commercial building at 1829 Beaufort Ave, along with a separate four-storey, 14-unit condo building on the harbour side of the lot.Despite a handful of residents who attended the public hearing, there were no names recorded on the speakers’ list, and no speakers who voiced opinions for or against the project.The original plans for the site was for the 38-unit Mandira by the Sea, but due to the poor economic outlook in the past few years did not come to fruition. • • •A proposal by a Comox resident to erect an electronic public billboard near the top of Comox hill will be reviewed by staff for a report and examined for further discussion.Mike Couture asked council in an e-mail to look at the possibility of creating an electronic billboard directed at traffic travelling uphill to promote events and activities of interest to local residents. He added in his e-mail that consideration could be given to solar power for the sign, and that traffic moving into Comox at the hill is travelling slowly enough for drivers to be able to read the announcements safely. • • •It’s been a record-breaking month for the Comox Archives and Museum Society.Town liaison Coun. Marcia Turner told council Wednesday that in less than a month, CAMS has had more than 600 visitors in their new location in the former library building on Comox Avenue.In mid-September, the Pearl Ellis Gallery and Comox Archives and Museum merged together in the new space, which features an indoor replica of the Lorne Hotel, photographic exhibitions alongside a gallery space highlighting local artists. For more information about CAMS, visit www.comoxmuseum.ca.photos@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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