The site of the former King Edward Elementary School is proposed for a new seniors’ housing development complex. City of Prince Rupert graphic.

The site of the former King Edward Elementary School is proposed for a new seniors’ housing development complex. City of Prince Rupert graphic.

Prince Rupert council in brief: April 24 meeting

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The property once containing the former King Edward Elementary School is being proposed to become a seniors housing complex by the Province of B.C. and the Metlakatla Development Corporation.

The project is part of the announced funding for affordable housing by Premier Christy Clark.

The site, at Seventh Ave. East and Green Street, needs a rezoning bylaw change from council to proceed.

The King Edward plan would be open to all seniors in the community, as stated by Metlakatla, with developers already undertaking a feasibility study to confirm demand. Seniors housing parking requirements are met with one space per every four units in the design and landscaping, walkways, common spaces and gardens included.

Forty-two are proposed, with 10 in a typical townhouse development and two pods of 16 units each.

Council gave first readings to the zoning amendment and OCP amendment bylaws and instructed the applicant to hold a community information meeting.