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Construction ‘pains’ provide long-term gains
Downtown businesses will remain open during construction Paul Rudan Campbell RiveR miRRoR
Monique Reid can envision the day when she can have patio tables on a wider sidewalk bordered by trees and shrubs. It will be far more “pedestrian friendly” says the owner/operator of Misty Fin’s Eatery and Lounge. However, she also wonders what the next six months will be like when contractors start digging up downtown in and around the new construction for Seymour Pacific Development’s office. “It’s going to suck in one sense: It’s our first summer open,” she says. “We opened last August and we’re still trying to get our name out there.” Misty Fin’s is located on Alder Street right across the road from the Best Wok which is well-known Continued on A3
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The city will soon be tearing up Alder Street near the new Seymour Pacific office presently under construction, and Misty Fin’s owner Monique Reid is reminding patrons her restaurant will be open while the road and underground work takes place for the next six months. Other businesses in the construction zone will also remain open.
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in Campbell River, but will also face the same construction-related and access problems as its neighbours. Reid is encouraged by the city’s promise to advertise the fact that businesses in the work area are remaining open through the construction period. The $4.7-million project has been contracted to Upland Excavating, a local company, and involves replacing underground water and sewer services, and burying much of the overhead wiring. Work is expected to begin in the next week or so and will continue until December. However, according to the city’s capital works manager, Jason Hartley, the goal is to get the roads finished and paved as soon as possible, and then further work can continue on the sidewalks and landscaping. The work is purposely taking place now in order to co-ordinate construction with the Seymour-Pacific office and to minimize longterm traffic disruptions downtown. “Some of those water
The city plans to install these kelp-design grates to protect tree roots, while allowing rain water to nourish the plants.
and sewer lines are very old. It needs to happen – and they may as well do all the ripping up at once,” says Reid. Replacing aging services is the necessity, but the aesthetic benefit will be the streetscaping. Alder street will be narrowed a bit in order to widen the sidewalks and to have plantings on both sides. The wider sidewalk will allow restaurants to have outdoor tables. And providing shade for those el fresco diners will be oak, beech
and maple trees, not the dreaded London plane trees that border nearby Shopper’s Row. The growing root balls of the three-decade-old London planes are creating havoc for the city, downtown property owners and their tenants, as they block up sewers and grow through brick walls. The same mistake won’t happen again. The city will plant the new trees in surrounds to contain the roots and to limit their height, and cool looking metal “kelp”
grates will protect the roots while allowing rain water to feed the trees. The overall goal is to turn this old and neglected area of downtown into a park-like setting with traffic “calming” measures, more green space and “sensibly-spaced” parking. There’s still room for motorists, but the overall effect will be better for pedestrians and cyclists. “I’m glad they’re narrowing (Alder) because people just fly down here – to me, it’s a good thing,” says Reid.
The Campbell River Mirror has a new publisher. Dave Hamilton will take the helm of the Campbell River Mirror on Monday. “The Campbell River Mirror is an extraordinary community paper,” he said. “The team here has built a paper that has become a model for papers across the province and has won numerous editorial and design awards with the British Columbia and Yukon Community Newspaper Association.” Hamilton will be taking over the role from current publisher, Zena Williams, who will be taking on a new position within Black Press, as publisher of the Comox Valley Record. Hamilton has a strong business background with six years years working with Black Press, three years as a sales and marketing consultant with the Comox Valley Record and three years as publisher for three publications in the Kootenays including The Fernie Free Press, Invermere Valley Echo and The Golden Star. Prior to working in the newspaper industry, Hamilton spent five years as a business resource manager in economic development, six years as a regional director for the BCSPCA with two years served on the Execu-
Dave Hamilton has been appointed publisher of the Campbell River Mirror.
tive and Strategic Planning Committee. Hamilton said he looks forward to meeting the community and trying a little snowboarding and mountain biking in his free time. “I could not be happier,” said Hamilton. “When I was given the chance to move back to the Island, I jumped Continued on A4
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at it. Many people travel great distances to vacation here; I now get to live here full time. “I am eager to communicate with the community so both the paper and businesses develop in strength. I want to meet with all the business owners and managers in the area to find out what makes each business in the area tick. With a better understanding of their needs, I hope we can provide novel solutions to their marketing needs.” Hamilton grew up on Vancouver Island, and went to school at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo where he completed his Bachelor Degree in marketing with a double minor in human resources and economics. Hamilton is excited to be part of the Campbell River Mirror team and hopes to take on a leadership role in the community. The publisher is at the top of the hierarchy of a newspaper and oversees the business operation. Each department head – like the editor – reports to the publisher.
Council wants Campbellton to step up Kristen Douglas
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A group dedicated to improving Campbellton was turned down by council last week despite conducting extensive planning recommended by city staff. Jim DeHart, a member of the Campbellton Neighbourhood Association – a group of Campbellton business owners and residents who are working to beautify the northern end of town – told council the group needs some help. “We began a really ambitious planning exercise with the advice of your senior staff,” DeHart said. “We’ve got hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteer hours into the preliminary data collection as recommended by your planning staff. But in order to work with that, we need to
Buskers beware It’s no longer the wild, wild west for Campbell River street entertainers. With council adopting a street performer bylaw last week, all buskers will have to abide by a series of rules, some of which will restrict when and how long they can play in one location. The bylaw prohibits street
summarize and put together a plan and get back to our community to make sure it’s on track. We can’t do that on our own.” DeHart said the group would like to hire a summer student and asked council at its Tuesday meeting for $7,500 to hire a student to summarize the data, check back with the community, and to staff the association’s Campbellton office. DeHart also requested council allocate an additional $2,000 for community meetings over the next year and to keep the association’s office open and available for continued planning efforts. DeHart suggested the money be taken from the $50,000 council allocated in the 2013 budget for a downtown and Campbellton design charrette (intensive planning
session) for improvements and revitalization. DeHart said he would prefer to have Campbellton and the downtown area treated separately. “Our understanding was there would be a stand-alone charrette for the Campbellton area as a result of the preliminary work we did because there are significantly different issues between downtown Campbell River and Campbellton,” DeHart said. “The planning process needs to be separate because they’re much different type areas.” Coun. Ron Kerr, who said he believed it was the intent of council to support the Campbellton group when it decided on a combined charrette, made a motion to give Campbellton the $7,500 it requested for a summer student as well as the $2,000 for more meet-
ings and to keep the association’s office open. But council turned that down. Coun. Claire Moglove said she couldn’t support taking the money from the charrette. “To take this type of money from the funding that we allocated for this charrette, in my view, would mean that we would do two things not as well as we could,” Moglove said. “I think we need to focus and do one thing really well as opposed to trying to do several things averagely.” Coun. Andy Adams would prefer to see the Campbellton Neighbourhood Association try to come up with some of its own funding before approaching council, as the Willow Point BIA (Business Improvement Association) and Heart of the City BIA do. “I think the Campbellton
group has done a tremendous job and I think the work they’re doing is phenomenal and certainly supported, but when I see the Willow Point BIA and the Heart of the City BIA, that provides funding and then comes and asks for either matching funds or support, they’re bringing the initiative forward and stepping up to the plate,” Adams said. “I’m a little concerned to continue putting money into an organization at 100 per cent cost for fear of the precedent that may be set. “The idea of a summer student is great, having the office open for a portion of the day is great but I think it has to be a shared initiative and I would encourage the Campbellton group to look to see how they can do that. “I think there’s got to be a happy medium.”
entertainers from performing within two metres of any entrance or exit to a business or within five metres from the doors of a bank, credit union, trust company or automated teller machine. City hall has floated the idea of busker bylaw for several years – since a 2007 survey of downtown businesses showed majority support for some sort of policy.
Councillors nearly had to stifle a groan at last week’s Tuesday council meeting when Coun. Claire Moglove said she still wasn’t quite ready to pass the bylaw. “I’m going to refer this to one of our committees,” Moglove said, before quickly adding, “I’m just kidding.” Coun. Andy Adams said he was “glad to see it’s finally being done.”
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the city a price of $3.6 million. The project involves replacing underground services, moving overhead wires underground and planting more trees, and plants, widening the sidewalks and installing new street lights to make the area more walkable. The city project will complement the new Seymour Pacific building which will be built on the St. Ann’s block.
Upland Excavating Ltd. has three million reasons to be thankful. City council awarded the Downtown Revitalization project for the St.Ann’s block to Upland at a negotiated price of $3.2 million. Upland was the only business to respond to the city’s Request for Proposals bid process and originally quoted
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Airport improvements Council is moving forward with a project that will bring the airport field electrical systems into full compliance with Canadian Aviation regulations. The improvements will also aid aircraft taking off in reduced visibility. The airport has met the eligibility criteria to receive 95 per cent, or $1.3 million, from the Transport Canada Airport Capital Assistance program. The overall cost of the project is $1.4 million. The city’s portion will come from the Airport Improvement Fund and is included in the 2013-2017 financial plan.
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