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Mayor looking forward to major new Cumberland building

CUMBERLAND, B.C. – It looks like a four-storey affordable housing centre is going to be built in the village of Cumberland.

Mayor Leslie Baird told that Rideout Construction Ltd. was the company to propose the project.

“It will consist of four floors, and have 24 small, average size…that’s 300 square feet…studio apartments, and the ground floor will have commercial space and two additional apartments,” Baird said.

“This has been passed by council, but now we just have to wait and see if Mr. (Wayne) Rideout continues.”

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Baird said the structure would be built along Dunsmuir Avenue between 3rd Street and 2nd Street.

“It will be built next to the former King George Hotel (2723 Dunsmuir Ave.),” she explained.

Baird noted that there is a “major need” for affordable housing in Cumberland, especially for younger people looking to move to the community.

“Commercial businesses are having a hard time finding places for their workers to live,” she said.

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Baird added that there is no timeline yet on when construction would begin, as the village waits to hear back from Rideout Construction.

“It will be the tallest building in Cumberland when it’s finished, so nobody will be able to miss it, that’s for sure,” she said.

“We’re looking forward to it, and we hope that it comes soon.”

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