Building complete communities includes places for kids to play

Posted by on May 8, 2011

Daycare above pub supported for Shelbourne development
Kyle Slavin, Saanich News

A new daycare centre is planned for a yet-to-be-built four-storey project behind Tuscany Village.

Saanich council agreed to rezone the property, at 3959 Shelbourne St., to include one-and-a-half floors of daycare, a rooftop play area, office space and a restaurant-style pub downstairs.

“When you look at all of the acres of rooftop we have in Saanich and this region, this is, I think, a clever solution to providing more outdoor space for a childcare centre,” Coun. Dean Murdock said.

A project like this will help Saanich move toward its goal of major urban centres along Shelbourne, he added.

“This will be a place where parents can drop their kids off so they can work in the community and have their kids in the community,” Murdock said.

Council is asking for a covenant on when the rooftop play area can be used, so as to not disturb neighbouring residents.

The proposal still needs to go to a public hearing to allow neighbours to provide input.