The riverfront property housing an iconic restaurant that recently closed is for sale.
The property along the South Thompson River at 1502 River St., which includes the building housing Storms on the River restaurant, is listed for $1.4 million with Royal LePage.
The property listing states the waterfront lot is available for future development. In addition, it notes adjacent city-owned property is also available to purchase, which would result in a combined .6-acre parcel along the river.
The building is more than 5,700 square feet in size and could continue to function as a restaurant.
City of Kamloops real estate manager Dave Freeman said the city is not interested in purchasing the property and would prefer to see that area developed.
“The city is not looking at buying it,” Freeman told KTW. “We would like to see that property redeveloped. It can be commercial or it can be residential. It’s a great site. We think there’ll be a lot of interest in it.”
Meanwhile, the city has purchased properties down the street from the Storms site, land that was recently rezoned for park space. Those properties down are all connected, whereas the Storms property is near the end of the road and next to a motel. Numerous homes separate the Storms property from those city-owned parcels earmarked for park space.
“Right now, it’s just considered parks open space and we’re in the process of reviewing what the parks master plan tells us,” city parks manager Jeff Putnam said.
Some possibilities include the extension of Rivers Trail, expansion of the nearby community garden or leaving as naturalized open space.
Storms owner and head chef Heather Morgan — who was leasing the space — closed the restaurant in February, posting this message on Facebook: “Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control we are temporarily closing our doors. We are in search of a new location to re-open our storefront so please be patient as we go through this process. Thank you to our staff and loyal customers for all your support! All Storms on the River gift certificates with the anchor logo will be honoured at our new location, thank you for your patience and understanding.”