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Public hearing slated for new Tim Hortons proposal

Another Tim Hortons is on the way for Penticton, bringing the city back up to four of the popular coffee shops.

Council will be holding a public hearing on May 20 on a proposal to build a Tim Hortons, with a drive-through and indoor and outdoor seating on a currently empty lot at the corner of Main Street and Warren Avenue.

The lot has been vacant since June 2009, when a fire gutted Lee’s Fusion Grill, which had recently reopened after completing extensive renovations.

“It has been derelict for quite a long time and it will be nice to see something positive and physically attractive on it,” said Mayor Garry Litke.

Along with the Tim’s, the proposal from Windridge Properties Ltd. includes a Federated Co-op convenience store and gas bar.

They are asking for council to rezone the property to C-8, to accommodate their concept.

Though the lot’s current zoning allows for higher density use, the developers contend there has been a long-term lack of interest or demand for those uses.

“This has been evidenced by several years of a somewhat blighted appearance the site has been left in,” read’s their request to council. “Windridge has sourced two major brand occupants for this location who will bring new vitality to this comer.”

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