Three Parksville Qualicum Beach projects have been approved for funding through B.C.’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program.
The Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce will receive $620,000 for its Mid Vancouver Island Micro-fulfillment Centre project, a delivery warehouse featuring scalable and modular storage space geared towards helping local businesses with their online services. It’s a 20,000-square-foot building that will provide a place for businesses to store goods and products, as well as serve as a processing centre to make deliveries efficient and quicker to costumers.
Chamber executive director Kim Burden is pleased with the funding. He said since the pandemic broke out, they discovered many of the local businesses struggled to switch to online, which has increased in demand.
“One of the biggest issues they’re facing is the delivery side of things,” said Burden. “It’s expensive and there’s a lot of pieces to the pie in order to make sure the people were getting their goods. A micro-fulfillment centre could solve this problem for the businesses on Northern Vancouver Island.”
The chamber has hired a consultant to do a feasibility study. It wants to establish the centre on a land that is owned by the Snaw-naw-as First Nation. Burden said once the centre is operation, it will provide 20 jobs.
The other projects that will be benefiting from the B.C. recovery programs are the Qualicum Beach Historical Museum Society and the Town of Qualicum Beach.
The society is receiving $123,5000 for the Heritage Powerhouse Conservation and Adaptative Repurposing Project. This project will restore an important heritage building to its original condition while adapting it to be able to host community events and house permanent museum displays.
Qualicum Beach is receiving $444,525 for Phase 2 of the East Village Revitalization project, which will help transform the community’s uptown into a pedestrian-orientated neighbourhood, which will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make the community more accessible.
“The pandemic has been challenging for everyone, our government is responding by prioritizing projects that will create jobs and support people right now, while contributing to long-term economic resiliency,” said Adam Walker, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum. “These investments will support local businesses, facilitate community events, and develop infrastructure, setting people up to thrive now and long after COVID-19 is behind us.”