FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Government and Service Employees’ Union is building a new office in Fort St. John.
President Stephanie Smith says Fort St. John is the perfect spot for the new building.
“We’re pleased to have secured this corner lot in downtown Fort St John. The BCGEU’s new Fort St John area office will be well suited to the city’s downtown revitalization plan, premised on the understanding a healthy and vibrant downtown is the cornerstone of a liveable and sustainable community. The city’s vision is for a compact and mixed use downtown with plenty of amenities and high quality design, which supports walking and transit use, attracting business, residents, employees and visitors.
We’re excited to be part of the future here.”
The building will be two stories featuring meeting rooms, a lounge area, and amenity room. Office space for staff will be on the first floor. The building will also have a high efficiency heating and cooling system.
The BCGEU says there were many reasons for buying the property:
“Ownership provides a secure means of future cash flow during a period of considerable market appreciation.
We also benefit from not having to deal with rent increases or squabbles with landlords over leasehold renovations and improvements. Ownership means we can borrow money against the equity appreciation in these buildings should the need arise. We expect the building to open in 2017 and serve our members in the northeast for years to come.”