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New KFC, retail building approved by Campbell River city council for downtown core

This is what a new KFC  in the Discovery Crescent complex will likely look like once it’s built. Council approved the plans at a council meeting Tuesday night. It’s slated to go inbetween Boston Pizza and Wendy’s. - Photo courtesy of the City of Campbell River
This is what a new KFC in the Discovery Crescent complex will likely look like once it’s built. Council approved the plans at a council meeting Tuesday night. It’s slated to go inbetween Boston Pizza and Wendy’s.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of the City of Campbell River

Council approved a new building that will house KFC in the restaurant complex along the Island Highway across from Discovery Harbour.

The owner of the property, Discovery Harbour Holdings, had an application in front of council Tuesday night to construct a two-unit building in between Boston Pizza and Wendy’s.

A motion to approve the building, which will complete Discovery Crescent, was approved unanimously by council.

The complex was designed several years ago, with the notion of adding a fourth building to complement the already existing White Spot, Wendy’s, Tim Horton’s, and Boston Pizza.

Council approved construction Tuesday of what will be known as “Building B” despite some concerns from city staff.

“There would be some potential conflict with pedestrians accessing the site, but walkways are clearly marked and due to constrained turning radii around the building, vehicle speeds would be very slow,” said Chris Osborne, city planner.

“Further conflict would arise with the egress (comings and goings) from the adjacent Wendy’s drive-thru.”

The building will also take away some parking spaces, although there will still be sufficient parking to satisfy the city bylaw.

Despite the concerns, city staff did recommend council go ahead with the major development permit, as the proposed design and landscaping does fit with the criteria laid out in the city’s Official Community Plan.

The new building is expected to house KFC in the smaller of the two units while the larger unit would have a second commercial retailer, though it’s not yet known what that will be.

The building is proposed to have parking on all sides, with a KFC drive-thru on the backside, facing Boston Pizza.

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