Day praises new childcare facility

New facility was built with developer dollars at Steveston High site

Long a critic of the development process in Richmond, Coun. Carol Day sung high praises for the city’s agreement with developer Polygon to build a $3.3 million childcare facility at the old Steveston High site, now a 133-unit townhouse complex called Kingsley Estates.

“I commend Polygon,” said Day Monday evening at a council meeting that witnessed the approval of the facility’s design.

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The facility, paid in full by Polygon, will be able to host 37 children and should open in time for the 2017 school year, according to a city report.

The 5,500-square-foot building is one storey and is situated at the north end of the townhouse complex on No. 2 Road. It will feature outdoor play areas and is said to take advantage of sunlight in the winter months. It will cost the city $35,000 to run annually and the city is looking for an operator.

The city will soon choose a name for the facility, which was a community amenity contribution, payable by Polygon in exchange for rezoning the property when the company bought the site for about $41 million.

The city was able to maintain some of the land in the back of the property as green space and will be redeveloping Steveston-London Park. The city also maintained two walking paths on either end of the site so pedestrians can access the park from No. 2 Road. A public plaza will feature the public art piece Spirit of Steveston, a metal fishing boat sculpture raised high above the air. A new bus stop and shelter will be installed and the Wallace Road intersection will be upgraded.

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