The site of Summerland’s present RCMP detachment may soon have new life as a housing development.
A new police station on Peach Orchard Road will be completed and opened in late spring. The present facility, at 8709 Jubilee Road, is being considered for affordable housing.
Municipal planner Ian McIntosh said the municipality is looking at options for detached single family houses on the site, either as a strata development or rental units.
Between 14 and 16 houses are being considered for the site.
The houses would likely be single storey buildings of around 100 square metres. Garages and parking would be set up in an area separate from the houses.
City Spaces Consulting Ltd. will provide consulting on the market housing options being considered.
“This concept is revolutionary,” said Coun. Lloyd Christopherson. “There is no other of its kind in British Columbia.”
He added that every municipality in the province is looking at ways to provide affordable housing.
“There is a great need in the community for affordable housing and especially for young people to be able to afford their homes,” he said.
Coun. Peter Waterman agrees.
“I think it opens the door for some good opportunities for young families,” he said.
Coun. Orv Robson said the plan will fit in with the surrounding residential area.
Christopherson said the municipality should proceed slowly since the concept is new.