Fire hall rezoning goes to public hearing

A proposal to rezone and finalize the sale of the old Fort St. John fire hall will go to a public hearing on July 22.

The city plans to sell the the site at 9407 Avenue for $625,000 to 1117731 BC Ltd., conditional on rezoning the land from institutional to general commercial.

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1117731 BC Ltd., based on Prince George, plans to repurpose fire hall into mixed-use space, with commercial space on the ground floor, and residential housing above.

The city hired Ron Rodgers of NorthEast BC Realty to broker the sale of the surplus building and land. The property had been listed for $758,000, and was dropped to $689,000.

The city has said it's treating the redevelopment of the fire hall as part of its downtown revitalization plan, with preference for a mixed-used retail and commercial development that could include housing.

If the deal closes, it will be the first property sold under the city's new sale of strategic lands policy. The policy was adopted in summer 2017 to sell surplus municipal lands under specific planning guidelines based on what the city has identified is the best use of the property.

The public hearing is scheduled for July 22 at 6 p.m. in council chambers. 

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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