Marine Services Building Project

Start: Spring 2021 End: ~Spring 2022

Funding Contribution:

The Project received approved funding from the Province of British Columbia's Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) which helps communities to support community economic resilience, tourism, heritage and rural economic development projects.

Project Description:

The Marine Services Building Project will replace the existing building and add much needed commercial space in Marina Park. While the building design is being finalized, it is anticipated to include approximately 1,500 square feet of indoor commercial space for year-round commercial or retail businesses in the marine tourism and marine services sectors. Further, the unique outdoor commercial space, for use during peak seasons, would provide additional covered outdoor vendor areas. The building would also create a fenced area for the safe storage of equipment for commercial use such as paddleboards, sailboats, life jackets, and other larger items.

Project Rationale:

Comox has focused on improving the marina and Marina Park area over a number of years including the addition of two rentable buildings known as the Sail Buildings, and the Comox Rotary Splash Park. Through these investments, the Town has seen a vast increase in the number of visitors to the Marina from Comox, the Comox Valley and beyond.

The marina is currently home to tour operators including fishing charters, whale watching excursions, bear watching excursions, scuba diving, floatplane service to Vancouver, and a number of others. There is currently a lack of commercial space at the Comox Marina with the only permanent space available in a small, outdated, retrofit, and inadequate building which is past its useful service.

The addition of a Marine Services Building will allow for the coordination of tour activity bookings and promotions, as well as additional commercial space that will be available, helping increase the total volume of sales as well as the number of people employed. This increased capacity for tourism businesses and the sector will help create jobs and provide long term economic growth for the region. The rental income will help offset maintenance and asset management costs.

Background Information:

Marine Services Building - Preliminary Floor Plan

Media Coverage:

Recent Media Coverage

Conversation between MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard and Mayor Russ Arnott, April 9, 2021

Project Status: Construction plans under review. A Spacing Needs Assessment Request for Expression of Interest closed August 31, 2021, submissions are under review.

Note: The content on this page was last updated September 1, 2021.