Plans for the recently-cleared land at the end of Park Avenue became clear during the March 23 Prince Rupert city council meeting with a new block of housing slated for the area.
The Bryton Group outlined its plans for 30 single family lots in what it is calling the Oceanview Development Property, with 15 directly overlooking the BC Ferries terminal and the harbour.
As well as the housing, the developers have included plans to extend Graham Avenue to connect with Highway 16 just before the terminal turnoff. However, city planner Zeno Krekic noted the construction of the road, which would create another means of accessing the upper west-side, is contingent upon the Bryton Group purchasing small pieces of land from the City of Prince Rupert and BC Ferries.
Council gave first reading to rezone the property to accommodate the residential plans, but have instructed the developer to hold a public information session prior to second reading after which a formal public hearing will need to be held. As well, the city said it wants the Bryton Group to “confirm certainty of land purchases” to ensure the road connecting Graham and Park Avenue can be built.
The current plan for development is only 25 per cent of the original proposal, notes the company in its submission to council. According to council the initial plan included multi-family residential developments to the east of the new housing, but the Bryton Group said “meetings with the City of Prince Rupert have resulted in the scaled down application”.