New CSRD building, assisted living expansion approved

Two large developments planned for Harbourfront Drive have received the support of Salmon Arm council.

Two large developments planned for Harbourfront Drive have received the support of council.

Council has approved development permits for a new office building for the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, and a new phase for the existing Lakeside Manor assisted-living facility. In addition, zoning amendments related to the latter have been given third reading. The Lakeside Manor development will essentially mirror the existing facility, with the end result creating a U-shape. The developer hopes to begin construction by next spring.

The new CSRD building is to be constructed next door to Lakeside Manor. It will be a two-storey, 60- by 18-metre structure with parking adjacent to the road and offices facing the lake.

Architect Bernd Hermanski told council he had designed the current CSRD building on Marine Park Drive 22 years ago when it had 15 staff. It now has 45 staff, with projections of that number going up to 70 by 2030. The new building, he said, would easily accommodate 65.

While parking was discussed it wasn’t a big issue, though councillors stressed the growing need for an underpass to link the foreshore to the downtown.