New City Hall annex good for downtown

Re: Annex costs questioned, June 2.

To the Editor,

Re: Annex costs questioned, June 2.

The Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association is an enthusiastic partner with the City of Nanaimo in the revitalization efforts of downtown Nanaimo. With this in mind, the DNBIA board of directors would like to show our support for mayor and council’s decision to build the City Hall annex in downtown Nanaimo.

The DNBIA board agrees with council’s decision based on many factors.

It is our belief that moving the City Hall infrastructure to central Nanaimo is contrary to the revitalization efforts the city and many other community partners have been committed to over many years.

Employee population density will be negatively impacted as we would see approximately 200 staff move out of the downtown core, thus leaving two buildings empty in the heart of our city and setting our revitalization progress back once again.

As the principal organization mandated to advocate for the revitalization of the downtown core, the DNBIA would like to congratulate council on its keen understanding of these issues and its commitment to revitalization.

It is with great pride that the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association shares the desire of council for Nanaimo to be known as “one of the most desirable, livable small cities in North America.”

Shari Molchan, president

Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association