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Community Building – Year by Year

Updated: Dec 21, 2023

Every year, we like to look back at what our team accomplished, because we know that sometimes when you’re in the day-to-day grind, you don’t really appreciate all that has moved forward to reach your vision in a single year. For our team, our focus and purpose has always been about building communities – enhancing the already vibrant neighbourhoods where we build residential and commercial projects. 2023 has been an exceptional year for our team and those who we align with to build communities.

The year started with our team getting the nod that we were a Silver Finalist for three Keystone Awards. Two for a residential project on Royal Avenue, and one for our commercial build - the Yew Street Food Hall. In the spring, we cut the ribbon to signify the grand opening of our Sales Centre for Thompson Landing on Royal with Brendan Shaw Real Estate. This Sales Centre allows people to learn about our newest residential development and to see, touch, and feel the product while the real thing is under construction. We’re so proud to already be framing Thompson Landing on Royal and are equally proud that the project is 42% sold, with move-in estimated for Spring 2025.

L to R: Brendan Shaw, Joshua Knaak of ARPA Investments, Jeremy Heighton of Kamloops North Shore Business Improvement Association, Kamloops Mayor Reid Hamer-Jackson and Parmjit Mahal of ARPA Investments.

In March, we partnered with Mundi Construction Ltd. to build their Pacific Pointe project in Aberdeen, a six-storey condo building with underground parking, indoor and outdoor amenities, and what will be a spectacular rooftop patio. The project is progressing well.

In June, we were pleased to sponsor the Kamloops NorthPaws baseball team who are in their second season in Kamloops at the Norbrock Stadium and attracting record crowds, followed by committing to the title sponsorship package for the Gur Singh Memorial Golf Tournament in support of Kamloops Brain Injury Association. These local sports events and fundraising events help build communities, too.

Also in the summer, the sidewalks in front of our Colours on Spirit Square development got a little brighter and more colourful thanks to a crosswalk mural project done in collaboration with Tourism Kamloops. We look forward to collaborating on more art projects like this that add to the vibrancy and culture of this fantastic Spirit Square neighbourhood.

In late summer, we announced that ARPA, in collaboration with new partners, were transforming the former site of the Kamloops Innovation Centre into The Innova Innovation and Business Centre with exciting opportunities for businesses to make a new centre their home. Additional updates are coming soon about the transformation.

Now, we’re capping off the year in celebration of a project built in collaboration with the Elizabeth Fry Society to open newly built housing for women and children fleeing violence. We were able to work through some big challenges to make this project happen, and we’re so glad to have used our skills and knowledge in both development and construction to see this project complete and welcome women and children in. It’s been a rewarding one for our team.

We look to 2024 as a year that will hold much of the same for our team in terms of building community. We know this work is done through collaboration, strong partnerships, and the tireless work ethic of our entire team. We are thankful as we reflect on this past year and wish you and your family, and those in your community, a restful and wonderful holiday season.

– Joshua, Jas, and Parm

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