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Virtual community meeting on Telus Living plan set for Oct. 26

Project cost estimated at $25 million, creating 125 jobs over two years
N.Telus Living map
The location of the proposed Telus Living project shown on a map of Sechelt’s downtown core.

Those seeking answers to questions or more information on the Telus Living commercial-residential development proposed in Sechelt will get a chance to reach out to the project team on Oct. 26.

The plan is for a six-storey building that will feature ground-floor commercial space and up to 60 new rental homes, including apartments and live-work townhomes on Inlet Avenue in the downtown area.

“This project represents a potential $25 million investment by Telus in the community, creating 125 jobs throughout construction over two years, and providing long-term market rental units for approximately 100 residents once complete,” Telus spokesperson Liz Sauve wrote in an email to Coast Reporter.

“We are still in the early days of securing the proper approvals and support for this project and will have more information to share as it proceeds,” Sauve added.

“As a next step, we are engaging local residents and businesses to discuss the project and hear their feedback at a public information meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The meeting will be held virtually through Zoom and is open to all neighbours and area residents who would like to attend.”

Sauve explained that people residing within 100 metres of the site, which covers the area between 5528 and 5536 Inlet Ave. and is currently occupied by the Cozy Court Motel and a Telus equipment facility, will be delivered a personal invitation to the meeting. Meeting details will be provided in advertisements to let the wider public know how they can participate.

Project and meeting information will be posted as it becomes available on Feedback will also be able to be submitted through that website.

“Through our public consultation, we will engage the community for feedback and will ensure that public safety measures and active transportation are a priority. For example, the development design will include the addition of wide sidewalks, street lighting, and trees, in keeping with the District of Sechelt’s Safe Streets, Active Living, and Sustainability objectives,” Sauve wrote.

The proposal was publicly introduced at a Sechelt council meeting on Sept. 8 by representatives of Telus and its development partner Omicron AEC. At that meeting, staff were asked to begin drafting official community plan and zoning bylaw amendments and to undertake further review of the application.

The proposal was referred to Sechelt’s Advisory Planning Commission for a project review at its Oct. 5 meeting. Commission recommendations and staff reports on next steps will come forward for consideration at upcoming council meetings.