Comox has announced the construction of a new building in the marina area.
The Marine Services Building project will provide an additional 2000 square feet of indoor commercial space, to alleviate the lack of retail space and community services at the Comox marina.
With funding support from the Island Coastal Economic Trust, the project will help increase the capacity for both tourism businesses and result in new jobs and long-term economic growth for the region.
Chief Administrative Officer of Comox, Jordan Wall says that the addition of this building will offer more reasons for people to come and explore the marina.
“This project builds on several initiatives carried out in the Comox marina over the past five years that has seen a huge increase in the number of visitors from all over the world,” says Wall.
“The addition of this building, including the possibility for an outdoor covered space for buskers and vendors, offers more incentive for people to come down, enjoy the marina, and support the local businesses.”
The building is intended to include indoor space for three, year-round commercial or retail businesses, as well as community visitors centre, public barrier-free washrooms, visitors services, and marine manager/wharfinger offices.
Aaron Stone, the Island Coastal Economic Trust Board Chair says watching these new projects come to life is motivating.
“The Town of Comox’s project illustrates how a community is responding to and meeting rising tourism rates to the benefit of locals, visitors, and private business sector,” adds Stone.
“It’s motivating to watch new projects, like these, come to life as they reflect positively on the economic and social rebound happening across our coastal communities.”
The project is currently underway.