When do out-of-downtown developments start hurting downtown?

Dear editor,

I was looking at some related things and came across this story.

Dear editor,

I was looking at some related things and came across this story.

I was particularly interested in the second paragraph, which stated that during November’s election campaign, “many candidates agreed developing and encouraging growth in the downtown core is a major issue to tackle within the next three years.”

How quickly things change, as Comox council is now considering a development (2310 Guthrie). Would this be in direct conflict with downtown? There is no question Comox needs commercial development, but….

When the plaza at Anderton and Guthrie was built, Subway relocated there, leaving a still-empty storefront in downtown.

The new plaza still has empty space for lease. Will creating approximately 30,000 square feet of retail and office space have a detrimental effect on downtown? Are there other possibilities for development that would include some commercial with less potential impact on the downtown?

Stuart MacKenzie,

Comox

Comox Valley Record