The Sagebrush Neighbourhood Association continues to meet with the developer of a proposed daycare at the corner of Ninth Avenue and McMurdo Drive.
Arpa Investments plans to develop a property located at 1430 Ninth Ave. in a land-swap deal with the City of Kamloops to provide a secure long-term home for Children’s Circle Daycare, which is being displaced as a result of the expansion of Royal Inland Hospital.
The neighbourhood opposed a previous attempt to develop housing in the same area.
Sagebrush Neighbourhood Association president Carman-Anne Schulz said the association board met with representatives from Arpa and Children’s Circle Daycare on July 11. A neighbourhood open house will follow next week.
“One-hundred per cent in support,” Schulz said of the new project. “All members are in support of the development of the [daycare] facility and working with and facilitating a partnership.”
Schulz said the neighbourhood opposed previous plans for apartment-style social housing due to impacts on access to trails in the area. A local trail network leads to Peterson Creek.
Schulz also noted the neighbourhood wanted to maintain its natural space — it had similarly fought to protect Cowan Park down the road.
This time around, Schulz said she has been assured trail access will remain. A portion of green space, situated on top of a reservoir and used by residents as a dog park, will also be maintained.
“They’re going to work with us to ensure that we have access to our trail system,” Schulz said, noting it may look different but will be maintained. “That’s been a guarantee at our board meeting.”
Schulz said a daycare is the best use of the space. However, during the upcoming open house, she anticipates some concerns from area residents about traffic. An influx of people have driven into the area ever since the inception of Kamloops School of the Arts, Schulz said, being a school of choice that draws parents and students from around the city by vehicle. To mitigate that, she said speed bumps and increased signage could be possibile.
“I think it’s a good fit for the neighbourhood,” she said.
The open house will be held at the property for area residents at the corner of Ninth Avenue and McMurdo Drive, on July 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.