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Council ‘excited’ to approve two new 6-storey apartment buildings for Merecroft complex

Two six-storey apartment buildings will complete the fourth and final phase of Broadstreet’s Seymour Village development in Campbell River.

The new towers will be located on Dogwood Street just south of Merecroft and the movie theatre, adding an additional 106 rental units to the area. 

Phase Three of the project, a ten-storey 80 unit apartment building, is currently underway. Phase One (70 unit apartment building) was completed in 2017, and construction on Phase Two (28 units of townhouses) wrapped up in 2019.

According to city manager Deborah Sargent, council was “so excited” to approve the development permit for the two new buildings. She says they gave unanimous approval at their latest meeting.

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“It falls in line with what’s in the Sustainable Official Community Plan in terms of Merecroft Village being one of our village centres, and having both the shopping opportunities and the densification occurring in this area,” Sargent says.

“It’s just making that official community plan vision come to light. In addition to our downtown centre, we have a number of village centres and this one is just developing very quickly now.”

Mayor Andy Adams says these new developments will really help densify the area, providing “much-needed rental accommodation.”

“As you can see, whether it’s along the Dogwood corridor or along Highway 19A, there’s certainly a lot of construction of much-needed accommodation… whether it’s apartments, townhouses, patio homes, or even single-family homes,” Adams says. “It’s certainly great to see that happening, and good on the developers and the construction industry for keeping it going safely in a Covid environment.” 

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As for when construction will commence on Phase Four, Adams says it’s up to the developers schedule and timeline. 

“But we would certainly hope within the year that they are started,” Adams says. However, he adds: “I can’t give a firm date as to when they will be completed.”

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