Hydro agrees to landscaping request

The BC Hydro substation at the Invermere crossroads may see some beautification this spring.

The BC Hydro substation at the Invermere crossroads may see some beautification this spring, following a request from District of Invermere council.

A $15.3 million renovation of the substation was completed last year, but at the time council felt efforts to landscape the site after the construction was finished weren’t up to par and sent a letter to BC Hydro asking it to look for ways to give the site more visual appeal.

The utility has since offered several improvements to “enhance the visual aspects” of the substation, according to a letter sent to council late last month by community relations manager Diane Tamme.

These could include building “visual shielding” along the station’s east and southern faces to block views of the power station, as well as “non-vegetation landscaping” for the area in front of the building, between the fence and Athalmer Road.

Council will be discussing the site with BC Hydro further, with improvements possibly taking place this spring or summer, as weather permits.