Search Continues for BC Transit Site
Prince George, B.C. – It has been 8 weeks since Mayor and Council for the City of Prince George put the brakes on the proposal to use property on Foothills Boulevard for a new B.C. Transit Operations and Maintenance facility. The search for a new site continues.“We are still exploring options with the City of Prince George” says B.C. Transit’s Communications Manager Jonathon Dyck. He says the sites being reviewed are being examined for size, cost, and constructability.
The site at Foothills and 18th Avenue met the three requirements, but public outcry over the development of a site for industrial use in a primarily residential neighbourhood was so great, Mayor and Council decided against proceeding with a rezoning and Official Community Plan amendment.
The Foothills site was not the only one originally examined, and Dyck says the others on that original list, as well as others are being examined “We are reviewing as many sites as possible and examining all available options as well as whatever else comes on the market.”
There is a fly in the ointment though, as the project was in line for a cash infusion from the Federal Government, if it could be completed by March of 2019. Development of a new site may not meet that deadline. Dyck says the Federal Government has indicated there will be a second round of funding for public transportation, however it is not known at this point how the $23 million dollar project will meet the criteria for that second round of funding.
Currently, BC Transit is operating out of a leased facility in the BCR. That site is nearing capacity.