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City seeking community feedback for downtown micro market

If you want to provide some feedback in the planning of downtown micro markets, the city is holding an online survey this month.

They say they are creating the market for the downtown core with funding from the Island Coastal Economic Trust and the Rural Economic Diversification and Infrastructure Program.

Looking to increase the local business vitality and stimulate visitor attraction and resident engagement, the markets will involve small to medium sized businesses that are home or market based.

Units will be offered on short-term, affordable lease rates for 12 to 36 month rotations, according to the city. They add project planning is being done in three phases, with the goal of presenting a report to council in early 2024:

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  • Phase 1: Colleting background research including case studies, economic, environment and information on how businesses, organizations and the general public use the area.
  • Phase 2: Exploring community vision, identification of key issues, opportunities and priorities to realize the vision for the micro-unit retail market.
  • Phase 3: An architect develops and delivers a design concept to the City of Campbell River for a micro-unit retail market based on information gathered in phases 1 & 2.

Economic development and tourism manager Leah Knutson adds the feedback will be used for unit direction, infrastructure and amenities that will make the space a vibrant community hub.

The feedback survey can be found here, and it is available until Nov. 21. Focus groups and other engagement activities will take place in mid-November.

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