At a council meeting tonight, Squamish council is expected to give first and second reading to a ‘Priority Development Application’ for a commercial and employment building on Second Ave in Downtown Squamish.
The application is to rezone the 6,000 square feet property at 37707 Second Avenue from Light Industrial to a Comprehensive Development Zone for a three-storey commercial and employment building.
The development includes 10,031 square feet of employment space spread over three floors, with 3563 square feet of outdoor amenity space on the rooftop patio. The proposal is being considered a ‘Priority Development Application’ because the entire space is being proposed as employment space.
The site is located in the Downtown South neighborhood, in the southwest end of Second Avenue, and is currently zoned for Light Industrial which permits building supply outlets, heavy equipment sales, motor vehicle repair and service shops, and trade contractor facilities.
According to a staff report, the development is proposed to be built to Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code, which will reduce carbon emissions by reducing the amount of energy required to heat the building. The proposal includes just over 10,000 square feet of employment space which will add supply to the local employment sector and increase the number of local jobs, the report notes.