Old police station (Mike Youds photo)

Another chance scheduled to plot a course for old Ladysmith police station

An old eyesore will probably be levelled to make way for a commercial development

Mike Youds Special to the Chronicle

An old eyesore at the corner of Belaire and Dogwood Drive will probably be levelled to make way for a commercial development that includes some type of community gathering spot.

Fred Green, who purchased the prominent corner property through a court-ordered sale, said most of the feedback he has received since holding a meeting last fall favours a café, coffee shop or possibly a brewhouse pub, preferably with food service.

RELATED: What would you like to see at abandoned Ladysmith police station site?

The project group behind the proposed redevelopment, including Green and Angela Quek of AYPQ Architecture, holds a second public meeting on the proposed redevelopment on Wednesday, May 22, 6 p.m. at the Eagles Hall. They will share feedback and discuss the project’s purpose, siting and building configuration.

“All of those affect the broader community and various people to different degrees,” Green said

Insisting he is not a developer — this is his first property development — Green wants to see a property use that responds to community interests. He favours a brew pub, something lacking in the area. With further input from the meeting, they plan to submit a development application.

“This is a community decision,” he said.

He said the police station, a 48-year-old cinder-block building that once housed Ladysmith’s jail, is most likely not worth saving. Since the RCMP relocated 15 years ago, the building has stood empty and subject to vandalism.

Construction may begin as early as this fall, although the development permit application process typically takes six to eight months, he noted.

Mayor Aaron Stone said he appreciates the “front-end” consultation Green has done so far.

“We’ll have to wait and see what comes forward to council,” Stone said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A second wave of COVID-19 is probable, if history tells us anything

B.C.’s top doctor says that what health officials have learned this round will guide response in future

Chemainus family pledges $50,000 to Chemainus Theatre Crisis Relief Fund

The Hilton family pledged $50,000 toward a matched fund. If fully matched, it will raise $100,000

Local woman makes face masks to raise funds for LRCA Food Bank

Cheryl Lowrence made 30 face masks and raised $326.25 for the food bank

Ladysmith family creates music video to show appreciation for community in the face of COVID-19

Sheila Richards, 77 is the star of new music video celebrating community kindness in Ladysmith

Burning complaints prompt regulation reminder from North Oyster Volunteer Fire Department

NOVFD has responded to at least 10 burning complaints in since April 1

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

We’re asking you to lock arms with us, as we look to better days ahead

Dump truck in Nanaimo snags power lines, snaps hydro pole, crashes

No injuries in incident Monday morning on Old Victoria Road

Ferry sailings scheduled once again at Nanaimo’s Departure Bay terminal

BC Ferries announces that resumption of service June 3 includes four daily round trips

Island Health signs working agreement to turn former Comox hospital into a ‘dementia village’

Island Health has signed a project development agreement with Providence Living to… Continue reading

Kelowna man charged with harming a hamster

The 20-year-old Kelowna man faces several animal cruelty charges

High tech fish transport system set up to ‘whoosh’ salmon past Big Bar landslide

Fish will spend roughly 20 seconds inside the system, moving at roughly 20 metres per second

Trudeau to seek 10 days of paid sick leave for Canadian workers, says talks are ongoing

Paid sick leave is key to keeping COVID-19 spread under control, prime minister says

Snowbirds jets will not be leaving Kamloops, just yet

The Snowbirds have been in Kamloops since May 17 when a plane crashed killing Capt. Jennifer Casey

Most Read