Downtown commercial, residential buildings in development stages

Downtown Revelstoke could see the construction of two new buildings soon. A new commercial building and townhouses are currently in the development permit process.

A new commercial building being proposed at 306 First Street East would house Tantrum Bike Shop as well as office space on the upper floors. Photo: City of Revelstoke.

A new commercial building could soon be going up in a vacant lot in downtown Revelstoke. The owner of a property located at 306 First Street West has applied for a development permit allowing for the construction of the proposed two-and-a-half story building.

The site, located between Boyle Avenue and Campbell Avenue, has been vacant since a fire in the early 1980s.

The city’s Advisory Planning Commission discussed the proposed development at its Jan. 2 meeting. City planner Daniel Sturgeon said in a report that Tantrum Bike Shop would relocate to the ground floor from their existing location on Connaught Street. The second storey and third storey mezzanine would house office space, accessible from a stairwell and entrance at the rear of the building.

The owner of property at 100 Track Street has applied for a development permit application to construct six row houses in the empty lot across the CP Rail tracks from Grizzly Plaza. Photo: City of Revelstoke.

New building in Revelstoke could also include construction of much needed housing. The owner of property at 100 Track Street has applied for a development permit application to construct six row houses. The proposed building site was rezoned from Single Family Residential to Medium Density Multi-Family Residential in 2016.

Nigel Whitehead, director of planning and development, said 2017 a total of 117 building permits issued in 2017. There has been a trending decrease in the number of building permits issued over the past four years, however this number does not seem to be reflective of the total dollar value which has increased.

In 2014 a total of 231 permits were issued for a total of $14.3 million, 2015 saw a total 209 permits issued for a total of just of $15 million, while 2016 saw 180 building permits for a total dollar value of $19.3 million.

Whitehead said a more in-depth look at building permits issued during 2017 will be available closer to the end of January.