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Subsidized housing to rise behind controversial North Kamloops hotel

B.C. Housing is set to have an 80-unit subsidized housing project built at 346 Campbell Avenue after a $3.8 million deal with the City of Kamloops.
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B.C. Housing is set to build a six-storey subsidized housing project behind the City-owned Northbridge Hotel in Kamloops.

The 80-unit site will be aimed at seniors and families at 346 Campbell Avenue and it will be managed by ASK Wellness once it's open, according to a report to Kamloops city council.

The City bought the property along with the Northbridge Hotel in 2021 with the promised B.C. Housing would take it over. It's a roughly one-acre property on the North Shore, where the new building will house 24 affordable rental units and 56 social housing units, according to the report.

City council approved a housing agreement with B.C. Housing on Feb. 28, making way for its development permit.

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B.C. Housing originally planned to build this affordable housing project in Brocklehurst, but those plans fell through. When the City bought the Northbridge Hotel, it simply moved that project to the Campbell Avenue site in a $3.8 million deal with the City.

"I didn't see it coming this fast," councillor Bill Sarai said, calling it a "win" for the North Shore neighbourhood.

The future of the hotel still isn't clear as the City looks to have it demolished, but it's expected to be sold for future market housing.

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"This is one of the big pieces of the puzzle to revitalize the North Shore," councillor Mike O'Reilly said.

B.C. Housing is planning 15 one-bedroom units, 45 two-bedroom, 15 three-bedroom and five accessible one-bedroom units for the six-storey development.

Under City bylaws, it would need 37 parking spaces, but B.C. Housing is planning 53 parking spots on a surface lot. It will also include 40 bicycle spaces.

The 346 Campbell Avenue property is a gravel lot with a former liquor store near the centre. That building will be demolished, but it's not clear when construction will start.

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