A public hearing is expected to take place for a proposed new liquor store next to Quality Foods in Port Alberni.
The owners of the Quality Foods property (Kelland Food Holdings Ltd.) want to build an addition to the building that will serve as a liquor store. Planning Director Katelyn McDougall presented their request at a Port Alberni City Council meeting on Monday, February 8.
The owners are also proposing to make “surface improvements” to the parking lot.
Due to the property’s proximity to the Eighth Avenue Learning Center, the city contacted School District 70 (SD70) for comment. School district officials said they had no concerns. McDougall noted that the nearest existing liquor store is over 1.35 miles from the property.
“In this case, adding a liquor store really complements the existing grocery store and will provide a type of retail service to the surrounding neighborhood that does not currently exist in this area of the community,” said McDougall.
If the project is approved, the terrace of the existing Quality Foods restaurant will need to be moved to the corner of the lot (at the intersection of 10th Avenue and China Creek Road) to make room for the addition.
Under British Columbia’s COVID-19 restrictions, the city is not required to hold a public hearing for the request, but council agreed on Monday that it would like to hear from the public.
The Council has scheduled the public hearing for Tuesday, March 9 at 6 p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public hearing must take place virtually. Anyone wishing to participate must register in advance with the municipal clerks by dialing 250-720-2823 or 250-720-2822.