Platform: Old Thrifty’s Site

Aug 3, 2018 | Blog, News and Events |

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Revitalization of the Downtown Core

Currently, there is a passionate group of Comox Valley citizens working on advancing a bold vision for Courtenay’s downtown core. In this collaborative, long-term vision, the community would buy the old Thrifty’s site in partnership with the municipality. The site can host a local farmer’s market hub creating food security in the valley, small business can benefit from utilizing the building, and a technology hub could bring small tech businesses to the valley. The Comox Valley Arts Council could create a cultural hub in the building, and a place of learning could be connected to the tenants in the building. Renewable energy could be the main source of energy consumption, providing long term savings. The Official Community Plan fits this vision for the downtown core, which is currently being financially assessed. The potential to create an amazing space is at our doorstep. These ideas illustrate the energy and passion of a caring community, and the possibility of creating a solution dealing with multiple social issues is exciting. As well, the long-term vision would create sustainable economic benefits. Affordable rental stock housing can be created. One model currently operating is Whistler’s Housing Authority. Whistler’s model demonstrates the ability of a loan to be serviced from rental income, including property management fees, maintenance fees, and a reserve fund for future capital projects on the site. The model also demonstrates a substantial revenue stream for the municipality after the debt is fully serviced. This revenue could be reinvested back into more affordable housing projects. The Whistler model shows renters’ cost is substantially lower than market value. The goal would be to meet the true definition of affordability. There is a possibility to use the Affordable Housing Reserve fund to fund the rental housing portion of the vision. Consultation with and support from the Coalition to end Homelessness and support from them is an important piece of the puzzle. The old Thrifty’s site vision meets the Regional Growth Strategy Goals of housing, local economic development, infrastructure, food systems, and climate change, and is congruent with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Local is Global

The communities vision for the old Thrifty’s Food site aligns with the following The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

  1. No poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good health and well-being
  4. Quality education
  5. Affordable and clean energy
  6. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  7. Reduce inequalities
  8. Sustainable cities and communities
  9. Responsible consumption and production
  10. Climate action
  11. Life on land
  12. Peace, justice and strong institutions

http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals.html

KIYOSHI KOSKY

Representing Courtenay Residents on Council
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