388 Machleary Street

The 388 Machleary Street working group held its first meeting in January 2017 and consists of three board members, four NOCA members, and NOCA’s City of Nanaimo neighbourhood association liaison.  Reporting to the board, its purpose is to represent the neighbourhood in the redevelopment of the former Malaspina Gardens/Old Nanaimo Hospital property at 388 Machleary Street.  The working group acts as a “clearing house” of information about the redevelopment of the property for old city residents and coordinates and gathers resident input. It meets on an ad hoc basis to discuss recent developments, consider strategy, conduct neighbourhood forums, and engage with developers and City decision-makers.

December 20, 2018 – NOCA has been contacted by the Molnar Group about an Open House the Molnar Group is hosting in the New Year regarding their development proposal for the old hospital site at 388 Machleary Street. The Open House will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019 at St. Andrew’s United Church.  The Molnar Group tells us the purpose of the Open House is to give us an update on “where the design stands and any other related details (units, landscaping, parking, etc.).”

September 30, 2018 – The City of Nanaimo planning staff have informed the NOCA Board that the Molnar Group continues to work on updating the required plans and supporting reports to advance the proposed development on the former hospital site on Machleary Street. When City of Nanaimo planning staff receive the updated project information, the city will refer the information to NOCA for review.

June 1, 2018 – The City of Nanaimo has informed the NOCA Board that planning staff have received formal applications to redevelop the property at 388 Machleary Street. Staff are reviewing the information submitted in support of the joint Official Community Plan (OCP) and Zoning Bylaw Amendment applications. As the initial review of the application continues by city staff, NOCA can expect to receive a referral request in the weeks ahead.

City staff also tell us that the formal amendment review process, will likely begin in the fall of this year (2018). Prior to the meeting of the city’s Community Planning and Development Committee, the developers are required to host an open house to provide the community with more information about the development proposal. City staff anticipate the developer’s open house will also likely be held in the fall of this year.

April 10, 2018 – On April 10, your association sent a letter to representatives from the Molnar Group and the City of Nanaimo along with the results of the survey of neighbourhood perspectives on the Molnar Group’s development proposal for 388 Machleary Street.  The survey was completed by over 50 people who attended our neighbourhood meeting on March 27, 2018. You can view the documents below:

April 10, 2018 letter
Survey of neighbourhood perspectives

March 28, 2018 – Over 80 people attended our community meeting on March 27.  They heard from representatives of NOCA’s 388 working group, and the Molnar group (the developer who now owns the land at 388 Machleary Street). City planning staff answered questions about the process to apply to amend the Official Community Plan and neighbourhood residents completed a work book to provide their feedback on the Molnar Group’s latest proposal for the site. You can view the NOCA presentation here. Read an article in the Nanaimo News Bulletin here.

March 14, 2018 –  Are you interested in the future development of the property at 388 Machleary Street (the former Old Hospital/Malaspina Gardens site)? The Nanaimo Old City Association (NOCA) is holding an important  neighbourhood meeting on Tuesday, March 27 from 7:00 to 9:30 at St. Andrew’s United Church Hall on Wesley St.  Come out to see the Molnar Group’s revised proposal for this iconic neighbourhood property and hear from City of Nanaimo representatives about the processes involved in redevelopment. This is a major opportunity to ask your questions, put forward your comments, and influence the future or our neighbourhood!

For more information on the work we’ve been doing on this issue over the past year, visit our Recent Posts page.