COURTENAY, B.C- A major housing project for seniors could be coming to Courtenay.

According to Ian Buck, the city’s director of development services, an application from Sussex Retirement Living has come to Courtenay’s municipal government to allow rezoning of land at 925 Braidwood.

Buck indicated that the company is looking to rezone the land to allow for a full service retirement residence, with multiple levels of care. It would have 143 suites in total, with a mix of living styles, and be four stories in height.

It would be located between the current RCMP detachment building, and the Prime Chophouse and Wine Bar. The application will likely be in front of council by December 17th, 2018.

“I think seniors housing in is in high demand, not only in the Valley, but Canada-wide, certainly increasing interest,” said Buck.

“The location is close to amenities and services, a bus route, right on the doorstep there on Ryan Road, so I think from an access and service point of view, it’s an ideal location.”

Once the application is started through the council decision process, there will be a public hearing on the rezoning to allow for input by the community.