16 million dollars is being spent on two big housing projects around Spirit Square in North Kamloops.
It will be a major shot in the arm for the North Shore as APRA developments is planned two mixed use buildings with the first structure featuring seven thousand square foot of restaurant/commercial space with
33 market housing units while the second will house 43 affordable housing units for seniors 55 plus.
Company Spokesman, Joshua Knaack calls it a good proposal.
“I don’t know that you are losing any parkland, I think we are gaining community in the park that is existing.”
Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian is thrilled.
“The Spirit Square has been under utilized and it was an idea before its time. The advent of both market housing and retail, as well as seniors housing and supportive housing in this neighbourhood. It will bring it alive it will make it a people place which it was intended to do all along.”
The Executive Director of the ASK Wellness Centre, Bob Hughes says, its an important investment for the North Shore.
“It is a synergy of everything that Kamloops stands for around inclusion of folks that are definitely marginalized and we know that with 55 and over that this is a population that has been growing and is in desperate need of housing.”
Construction should start in June.