Development permit goes through for vacant lot in Marysville

Development permit goes through for vacant lot in Marysville

The previous building was demolished after a fire in 2008.

A lot in Marysville that was left vacant due to a fire many years ago will finally see new construction after a development permit was approved by Kimberley City Council on Monday, April 23, 2019.

The lot at 454 304th Street will replace the right-half of the Wooden Nickel Mall, which was demolished after a fire in 2008. The commercial and residential units were first built in 1979.

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Manager of Planning Services Troy Pollock explained to Council that the development is supported by the new Official Community Plan, and the applicant (Tyee Homes) is proposing to build a 2,330 sq. ft. commercial building with two 937 sq. ft. two-bedroom residential units on the second floor.

“The development is supported by the new OCP by using in-fill redevelopment of a vacant lot with a mixed commercial-residential use while providing high-quality design and building diversity in the area, and maintaining a pedestrian-friendly scale at street level with minimal setback at the front and parking accessible by a lane in the rear,” wrote City Planner Christopher Jones in a report to Council.

He adds that there is also an application to upgrade water, sewer and storm services to the property after a replacement was recommended due to the age of the existing services.

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“It’s a pretty straight forward development permit,” Pollock said to Council, adding that it is a brand new building with a “good design”.

“The fire took down the previous structure – and the height of the new structure is a similar height to those neighbouring it.”

Mayor Don McCormick adds that it will be “nice to see” something finally built in the vacant lot.



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Development permit goes through for vacant lot in Marysville