Old pub could be Port Coquitlam’s next daycare
What was once a 19-and-up business could soon be transformed into a place for kids.
The owners of the former Eclipse Bar and Grill on Wilson Avenue in Port Coquitlam want to turn the upstairs of the site into a daycare for up to 74 children. The bottom floor would be mainly reserved for offices.
Because the application requires a development variance permit, the matter will have to go to a public hearing. But Coun. Michael Wright, chair of PoCo’s smart growth committee, said so far there has been little opposition from the surrounding neighbourhood.
“We are concerned with how it might impact the residents living in the nearby apartment buildings,” he said during Monday’s council meeting. He later added, “It seems that residents would prefer a child care facility over a neighbourhood pub.”
If the city approves the proposal, the Wilson Avenue daycare would be the largest in the municipality, ahead of one in Riverwood Gate that is licensed to handle 73 children.
The application also proposes several changes to the site, including paving the back parking area and replacing the awnings at the front of the building. The existing second-floor balcony would be converted into two outdoor play areas.
The property was built in 1995 as a large restaurant and pub but the latest venture to occupy the building ceased operation more than a year ago.
While all councillors said they supported sending the proposal to a public hearing, Coun. Dean Washington said he is disappointed the city’s downtown would be losing an entertainment venue.
“Although it is a good project, I am kind of disappointed it is... another venue that we are losing as far as dining goes,” he said. “I was hoping someone would make a go of it. It is something that is missed.”