Construction of a new car dealership begins on rezoned land | NanaimoNewsNOW

A building permit is still required for the construction of a Porsche dealership and the used showroom.

GAIN Group was unable to comment on when it expected construction to be completed.

The granting of a development permit in a 7-2 vote in February followed a protracted debate leading to a pair of votes in 2019 before and after a 5-4 public hearing to narrowly advance the project.

Council’s wishes went against the recommendation of city staff, who opposed rezoning to allow car dealerships on the 2.1-acre site.

City staff argued that the property was best suited for medium to high density housing and that concessionaires were better suited to existing sites.

Several hundred multi-family residential units have been approved or are under construction in the immediate area.

A consultant argued that the site was not suitable for housing and that car dealerships would help maximize its value as an economic driver.

Seventy jobs were previously identified to be created by the two concessions which will be located on 2.1 acres.

The property just south of Long Lake Plaza was a longtime garden nursery from 1975 until it closed in early 2017.

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