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City staff opposes proposed new office at 700 Kinsmen Place

Prince George city staff is recommending against a proposal to build an office at 700 Kinsmen Place that would employ 80 people.

Rod McLeod, of R.C. McLeod Developments, said, in a letter to council, that he has a tenant ready for the proposed 21,170-square-foot building. He said there are no locations in the downtown area that would meet their needs, which includes 68 parking stalls. The most recent development in the area is the Skyline Dental building, which also houses TransCanada. Allowing TransCanada to locate to the area was also controversial as it created office space outside of downtown.

City staff is opposing this request for the same reason.

“The Downtown Designation indicates the downtown core as the central business district, and the primary location for significant office development (Official Community Plan Objective 8.3.8). The OCP also aims to maintain the downtown as the primary business area for significant office development. To reinforce this direction, the OCP policy recommends restricting offices outside of the downtown to professional services only where nearby access is important (insurance, banks, medical and dental offices) (OCP Policy 8.3.3). Administration does not support this application as it is inconsistent with the policy direction of the OCP,” reads the city report going before council tonight.

 

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