Published On: Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Changing Face of Downtown Prince George

The Changing Face of Downtown Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE - Downtown Prince George has always been a priority growth area in the city and recent revitalization efforts put forth by City staff, community members, partner organizations, and local businesses is really starting to show.

Since 2012, there have been over 25 major projects downtown, valued at over $50.5M. Those projects were crucial in bringing life back to the downtown by adding new restaurants, shops, and services.

Although 2012 through 2017 were great years for downtown Prince George and the city as a whole, 2018 is shaping up to offer growth in the downtown that the city hasn’t seen in decades. Starting in 2018, and spanning multiple years, the following projects are scheduled to take place:

▪ A new four-phase 151-unit housing development with underground parking

▪ The opening of a new Marriott hotel

▪ The proposed development of a new hotel

▪ The design and construction of a new pool to replace the existing pool

▪ The design and construction of a new front entrance for the Prince George Public Library

▪ The development of a new park next to the Wood Innovation and Design Centre

▪ The completion of UNBC’s Wood Innovation Research Lab

▪ A new location for the Prince George Farmers’ Market, which is also the future location of a  

new arts-based community centre

In order to facilitate the growth and to provide further investment opportunities, some civic facilities are being demolished, such as:

▪ An old RCMP building

▪ The Days Inn

▪ The current Farmers’ Market building

▪ The Kings Inn Bible Store

The streets are busy and everyone seems to be talking about downtown Prince George, and it’s not just locals. Many of the new projects are being developed by out-of-town developers and investors.

If you want to learn more or find out how you can be involved in the growth downtown, please contact the Economic Development division at ecdev@princegeorge.ca or 250.561.7633.

Keenan is the Economic Development Officer for Prince George.