City of Kamloops buys land for affordable housing projects

One of the properties purchased by the City of Kamloops at 317 Tranquille Road.
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KAMLOOPS - The City of Kamloops has purchased a series of lots on both sides of the river for housing projects.

According to a release, the City bought two lots in the 300 block of Tranquille Road and five lots on St. Paul Street downtown.

An existing building on the Tranquille Road property is expected to be demolished this spring.

The cost of the Tranquille Road property is estimated at $1.2-million according to the City, while the St. Paul property is estimated at $2.35 million.

The approval of these projects comes from a closed council meeting on Dec. 12.

According to the news release, the City will work with B.C. Housing once the land is prepared for development, in order to determine appropriate projects for the sites.

The projects will be focused on housing affordability, housing diversity, and housing for vulnerable persons.

In the release, the City promises to actively include community engagement for these projects, by listing all engagement opportunities on the city's website, providing information on social media, and hosting a minimum of two key stakeholder meetings in advance of a public announcement to ensure partners are informed. Those meetings could involve the RCMP, Kamloops Fire Rescue, interior Health, non-profit organizations, local business associations, the Chamber of Commerce and other city departments.

The City also states it will provide a letter to the neighbourhood within 100 metres of the development site and meet with community associations in advance of a public announcement, and host an open house in the neighbourhoods to provide further details.

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