For several months I have been watching the controversy in the news about the location selected by the CVRD for the proposed homeless facility on Cliffe Avenue in downtown Courtenay.
It is obvious that the business community and users of that area object strongly to the choice of the location.
What would the community think about a very private acre of land surrounded by trees in the City of Courtenay?
It is a 15-minute walk to Thrifty. The Comox Valley Food Bank is two blocks away. Bus service is a block away. In the winter, homeless folks walk past this property to the shelter at the Four Square Church.
There is an older but newly renovated 2,000-square-foot rancher on the property. It is very comfortable with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living rooms and a new kitchen. It would certainly be suitable accommodation for someone before it is removed to make room for new housing.
In 2009 when the CVRD asked for expressions of interest re the emergency shelter, I offered this property to them. In August 2010, I received a letter of rejection from the CVRD — no reasons given.
Because of its location I think this property would make a great site for the homeless and satisfy the business community and the downtown users as well. My property is still for sale and I am interested to talk with the CVRD if they choose to select a new site.