The Town of Qualicum Beach has signed an agreement with Windley Projects Inc. (Windley) to sell 2,068 m2 (0.51 acres) of Town-owned land on Second Avenue East. The land being sold consists of three parcels – 126, 130 and 136 Second Avenue East.
The land is currently used as a public parking lot, but will be transformed into mixed-use residential and commercial building(s) as part of the East Village project. To offset the loss of parking, the Town will be constructing a new parking lot on Berwick Road as part of the East Village project.
The decision to sell this land to Windley, at a purchase price of $525,000, comes after a four-month public procurement process to explore the best obtainable value from applicants. “The Town is thrilled to have Windley Projects as a part of the East Village. This is a huge step toward the revitalization of this area.” – Mayor Brian Wiese
“The East Village in Qualicum Beach will be a vibrant place to live, work, and play, and this project is a perfect fit for Windley.” – Jeff Windley, Development Manager, Windley Projects Inc.
Later this year, Windley will submit a full development application, which will be the subject of a public zoning amendment application and development permit review. Members of the public will have multiple opportunities to comment throughout the development review process.
The East Village Revitalization project will transform the area into a unique and thriving community space for businesses and residents alike; creating a distinct neighbourhood through redesign and investment in infrastructure and the public realm. As part of the project, a brewery is already under construction at the intersection of Berwick Road and Second Avenue East.
The Town's East Village concept was first incorporated into the Official Community Plan (OCP) in 2018. “The East Village should be developed as a unique mixed-use neighbourhood with a form and character that is distinct from the rest of the uptown commercial core. “ (OCP pg. 23).
Luke Sales, Director of Planning and Community Development
Town of Qualicum Beach