Van Isle Ford making plans to expand in Alberni

Van Isle Ford has made an offer on a city-owned plot of land to build a new dealership on Beaver Creek Road in Port Alberni.

Van Isle Ford is hoping to move its dealership from Johnston Road to the site of the old Alberni Athletic Hall, on Beaver Creek Road near the intersection with River Road.

“We have made a deal subject to rezoning,” Van Isle Ford dealer principal Will Pulford said. “We have intentions to purchase (the land).” The City of Port Alberni currently owns the property.

At 5,500 square feet, the dealership’s present site is too small, Pulford said. He committed to Ford when he bought the dealership that he would build a millennium concept facility. It will be approximately 15,000 square feet and double the number of service bays to eight, which would mean more jobs, he added.

Van Isle Ford currently leases its property and it can’t be renovated to Ford’s millennium standard, Pulford said.

“The only choice we had was to move the facility.”

The dealership would remain on the city’s tax roll, which has been a concern to some local residents. “We had options outside of the City of Port Alberni (in the regional district). I really, really wanted to stay within the city limits,” Pulford said. “I honestly believe as a large business it’s important that we stay in the city.”

The rezoning application has not yet come before city council. A public hearing will have to be held before councillors vote on the application.

If all goes according to plan, construction would begin in May and the new facility would open a year later, in May 2013.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Agricultural Land Commission approves cannabis facility in Beaver Creek

Proposed facility outside Port Alberni had been caught up in ALR red tape

Alberni writer and poet to read at Words on Fire

Chelsea Comeau has her own freelance writing and editing business

North Island College hosting nursing info session

Info sessions will take place Monday, Jan. 27 at Port Alberni and Campbell River campuses

Photographer captures Port Alberni personalities in black and white portraits

Meet John Douglas, Courtney Naesgaard in double exhibit Jan. 18 at Rollin Art Centre

Alberni Valley Community Foundation opens grant application process for 2020

Nearly $30K available for Port Alberni-based charities

VIDEO: Soldiers trade rifles for snow shovels to help dig out St. John’s

A state of emergency is set to extend into a fifth day

Power lines cut as thieves strike Vancouver Island veterinary hospital

‘Thankfully there weren’t any animals or staff in the clinic when this happened’

Warm ‘blob’ could be behind mass starvation of North Pacific seabirds: study

Unprecedented death toll raises red flag for North American marine ecosystems

Nanaimo mom will celebrate 40th in style after $500,000 lotto win

Crystal Giesbrecht matches all four numbers on BC/49 Extra

ICBC to bring in ranking system for collision, glass repair shops

Change comes after the much-maligned auto insurer has faced criticism for sky-high premiums

‘It was just so fast’: B.C. teen recalls 150-metre fall down Oregon mountain

Surrey’s Gurbaz Singh broke his leg on Mount Hood on Dec. 30

Vancouver Island Pride weekend returns to Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Building on the success of last year’s family-friendly pride festival on Vancouver… Continue reading

Scarlett Point lighthouse keeper wins a million bucks playing the lottery

“I usually just get a quick pick, so I didn’t expect to win a big prize”

Most Read