The former high school property on Burde Street may see home developments as early as 2018. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Former ADSS property sells to Vancouver-based developers

Single-family, multi-family and seniors’ homes planned for 22.8 acre land

Vancouver-based developers have purchased the former Alberni District Secondary School site on Burde Street and plan to develop multi-use housing on the lot.

Port Alberni realtor Darren DeLuca said the 22.8 acre property, owned by School District 70, was sold in March for $1.8 million. The site has been vacant since the high school moved locations to Roger Street in 2010.

The purchasers, who DeLuca couldn’t name, have ties to the Alberni Valley and have developed here in the past.

“I’m going to let them tell their own story, which will happen fairly soon because they have to go into the Official Community Plan (OCP),” DeLuca said. “[The property] is currently zoned institutional. [Developers] want to do some multi-family units and they’re well aware of the interest in seniors’ housing so that will require rezoning.”

The developers’ plans call for single-family, multi-family and seniors homes.

DeLuca said they hope to have the rezoning —which will be a public process—done before Christmas and have some of the properties on the market as early as 2018.

“It will be a phased development. They have 22.8 acres so I think they’ll start doing chunks at a time,” DeLuca said. “I think it will happen over two to five years.”

He added that the developers are conscious of 17th Avenue residents’ views of the Inlet and they don’t plan on adding any “skyscrapers” on the upper lots.

“For people who live in this neighborhood, I think [development] is going to up the value of their property because everything is going to get better,” he said. “One of the big benefits will be increasing the tax base by $100 million.”

DeLuca said with people moving to Port Alberni from more expensive real estate markets, he believes the homes will have no problem with occupancy.

“There are people moving here all the time from more expensive markets and so for us to maintain affordable housing we need to build more houses,” he said.

karly.blats@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Vancouver measles outbreak prompts vaccine vigilance on Island

No cases here yet, but Island health authorities push measles vaccinations - and not just for kids

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Battle of the Bands winner set to perform at Char’s Landing

Sean Lyons is a singer-songwriter originally from Port Alberni

Port Alberni sends large contingent of athletes to Special Olympics Winter Games

Veteran curler Simone Myers dreams of gold in her seventh provincials

Steelhead LNG stops work on Kwispaa LNG project near Bamfield

Huu-ay-aht First Nations ‘deeply disappointed; Steelhead says funding is the problem

‘Riya was a dreamer’: Mother of slain 11-year-old Ontario girl heartbroken

Her father, Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was arrested some 130 kilometres away

Market volatility, mortgages loom over upcoming earnings of Canada’s big banks

Central bank interest hikes have padded the banks’ net interest margins

Hearings into SNC-Lavalin affair start today, but not with Wilson-Raybould

She has repeatedly cited solicitor-client privilege to refuse all comment

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Tilray to acquire hemp food company Manitoba Harvest for up to $419 million

Tilray will pay $150 million in cash and $127.5 million in stock.

Tears, flowers at impromptu memorial for Syrian children killed in Halifax fire

The family had only lived in the Quartz Drive home for a few months

NDP candidates push for stronger climate action as Singh supports LNG Canada

Singh has tried to project unity in the party while facing internal criticism for poor fundraising and low support in the polls

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

Most Read