An artist’s rendering of a 16-microunit apartment building proposed for 421 Prideaux St. (Joyce Reid Troost Architecture image)

An artist’s rendering of a 16-microunit apartment building proposed for 421 Prideaux St. (Joyce Reid Troost Architecture image)

16 micro-unit apartments in the works on Nanaimo’s Prideaux Street

Homes would be 260-280 square feet

A property in the Old City Quarter is slated to be the site of 16 micro-unit apartments.

Nanaimo city council, at a meeting last month, approved a development permit application for 421 Prideaux St. between Franklyn and Albert streets.

The applicant Kenco Enterprises is planning a three-storey building with 16 micro-units ranging in size from 260-280 square feet. Parking will be accessed via a lane behind the building.

A rationale letter accompanying the application to the City of Nanaimo last year noted that the building “has been designed as a housing solution for the increasing demand for rental housing in Nanaimo.”

City staff recommended the project, which included five variances including a height variance from 10.5 metres to 11.4m, and noted that the plans show “a welcoming building face [providing] a visual connection with the street.”

“The proposal brings us a strong street presence in the design and design elements and details that maintain the architectural style that’s required in the Old City under the applicable design guidelines,” said Jeremy Holm, the city’s director of development approvals.

City council voted unanimously to approve the development permit application.

“I think this is a particularly impressive approach to adding community and densification,” said Mayor Leonard Krog. “It’s a very attractive building.”

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An artist's rendering of a 16-microunit apartment building proposed for 421 Prideaux St. (Joyce Reid Troost Architecture image)