Construction has begun on the new Penticton Nissan auto dealership set to open December 2017 as the first business lease of the Penticton Indian Band’s Satikw Crossing development properties (Channel Lands).
“I look forward to bringing the Nissan lineup of exciting vehicles to residents of the south Okanagan, as well as community spirit and involvement in various ways,” said John Kot, owner of Penticton Nissan.
Kot recently received the B.C. Community Spirit Award from the New Car Dealers Association for showing tremendous community excellence over many years.
The new Penticton Nissan dealership will boast a state-of-the-art 17,000-square-foot facility with Nissan’s New Image program. This new image program sets out Nissan’s new exterior and interior design of its facilities. The new concept is intended to deliver an exceptional retail experience at every touchpoint in the dealership and aims to enable flexible customer journeys for every customer.
More than 30 full-time jobs are expected to be created at the dealership when it opens, as well as 35 jobs during construction. Infrastructure work is also underway by the Penticton Indian Band to service the site and the Satikw Crossing development properties.
“Getting construction underway on Penticton Nissan is just the start. With new services and infrastructure in place, we know we can attract more businesses and developers to bring their projects here. This means more jobs and economic development for the entire south Okanagan region,” said Lesley Gabriel, economic development officer with the Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation.
Satikw Crossing includes more than 140 acres (60 hectares) of prime development land adjacent to Highway 97 and the Penticton Regional Airport for residential, commercial, industrial and recreational uses.
“We wouldn’t be where we are today without the ongoing support of Chief Chad Eneas and council, as well as the vision and hard work of former Chief Jonathan Kruger, past councillors, the Locatee band members who own the land and the entire community who believed in this project,” Gabriel added.
“The Nissan brand is a welcome addition and demonstrates the potential of Satikw Crossing to bring high-profile businesses and opportunities to Penticton. Having more options to purchase a vehicle locally will benefit consumers and help keep money and people in our region,” said Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit.
The Penticton Indian Band, with the largest reserve lands in British Columbia, has seen a flurry of development activity over the past five years. In addition to the Satikw Crossing bridge and commercial development projects, the band has recently completed the construction of two major state-of-the-art community facilities – Snxastwilxtn Health Centre and Outma Sqilx’w Cultural School – both valued at over $13 million. The new energy efficient facilities are powered by geothermal energy.
The Play Winery and vineyard also recently opened at the Band’s Skaha Hills development. The 550-acre resort-residential development overlooking Skaha Lake sold out its first two phases and will eventually see over 600 single-family and multi-family residences. Community amenities include vineyards, a winery, fitness centre with pool and hot tub and a network of walking and cycling trails.
In total, the band envisions more than $100 million in capital projects taking place on its lands within the next 10 years.
“I would like to say that we, as a council, are seeking ways to continue supporting the community, including the Locatee band members, in strengthening opportunities for a healthier community where economics is a part of the shared success of PIB,” said Chief Eneas.
“We are fully committed to working diligently with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and interested business to generate wealth for the Penticton Indian Band through a balanced approach of cultural awareness and environmental sustainability,” said Dan Sarazin, lands manager for the Penticton Indian Band
Businesses interested in more information about development opportunities at Satikw Crossing can contact PIBDC Economic Business Development Officer Lesley Gabriel at (250) 492-3154 or email@example.com, or visit satikwcrossing.com.