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Murrayville rental building given unanimous approval

Design of proposed Kelson Investments Ltd. rental housing project in Murrayville. - submitted image
Design of proposed Kelson Investments Ltd. rental housing project in Murrayville.
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A proposed rental apartment building in Murrayville won the unanimous approval of council on Monday, July 21.

The decision to green-light the Kelson Investments Ltd. plan to build a 105-suite rental building on 1.68 acres of land near 49 Avenue and 220 Street came one week after a public hearing and dire warnings about the impact of introducing renters into an area of home owners.

Some critics complained the project would be a “blight” and renters might “not take pride in their rental units or the surrounding Murrayville area” and would have “little pride in home ownership” to quote some of the messages.

It was enough of a controversy that three people who spoke in favor of the project asked to remain anonymous.

They said the Township needs more good quality rental housing.

Kelson, a Kamloops-based company that manages and maintains thousands of rental suites throughout B.C., said the building will be aimed at “high end” tenants.

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