On the Street: Developer contributes to park improvements

Developer contributes to park improvements

Abstract Developments is providing a $352,000 community amenity contribution that will support upgrades for Rutledge Park and Saanich’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

The district recently approved Abstract’s 77-unit multi-family development of one- and two-bedroom homes at 3839 Quadra St., and part of the approval process was a $250,000 contribution to nearby Rutledge Park.

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The Quadra Cedar Hill Community Association has been championing upgrades at the park — bordered by Cloverdale Avenue, Inverness Road and Rutledge Street — for more than 20 years

The funds will support efforts to bring a splash pad and ­washroom upgrades to Rutledge Park.

Mike Miller, president and CEO of Abstract Developments, said the company is also providing significant off-site frontage improvements, which include new sidewalks, separated bike paths, landscaped boulevards and an on-site electric Modo vehicle to advance Saanich’s electric-vehicle goals.

Foundation honours long-serving board member

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island is paying tribute to long-serving board member Sandra Hudson.

Chair Bryan Thomson noted Hudson’s inspirational leadership through her two terms as board chair. “Sandra has been an invaluable contributor to the foundation’s success over the past near-decade,” said Thomson. “We thank her for her unrelenting dedication to the health of Island kids.”

The foundation welcomed John McKendrick to the board. He recently retired to Victoria from Toronto, where he managed public and private partnerships and major infrastructure projects as executive vice-­president of Infrastructure Ontario.

Local brewers win national awards

Moon Over Water and Phillips Brewing each brought home gold medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards this month in Quebec City.

Phillips won for its Tiger Shark Pale Ale in the Session Ale category, while Moon Over Water captured top prize for its Potts Pilsner in the Kellerbier/Zwickelbier category. Moon Over Water also earned a silver medal for its Tuku beer in the barrel-aged sour beer class.

VicPD added to E-Comm board

VicPD Deputy Chief Const. Colin Watson has been named to the E-Comm board as the Vancouver Island director. He was nominated by the Capital Regional District and E-Comm’s southern Vancouver Island police agency partners.

E-Comm is the first point of contact for 911 callers in 25 regional districts in B.C. and provides dispatch services for about 70 police agencies and fire departments across the province.

Harbour authority earns Aboriginal certification

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority has been certified silver by the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business.

The silver designation recognizes the value of working with Indigenous communities, and includes investment in communities and people, employment programs and business partnerships.

The harbour authority joined the program in January 2019, reaffirming its commitment to its partnerships with Esquimalt and Songhees nations and the work ahead in Indigenous ­reconciliation.


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