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Proposed development behind A&W restaurant clears hurdle at council

Additional plans from applicant include turning A&W into mixed-use development
A new three-storey proposal on Duncan Avenue in Penticton will be subject of a public hearing on April 16. (Photo- City of Penticton)

At least one new development could be heading for the east side of Penticton’s Duncan Avenue.

On Tuesday, April 2, city council sent the construction of a three-storey building at 76 Duncan Avenue to a public hearing set for April 16. The property is located behind an A&W restaurant and near the local SPCA branch.

The project would feature commercial space on the first floor and a total of four residential units on top.

But council also heard that there are additional plans from the applicant, who also owns the A&W property at 1402 Main Street. According to city officials, they want to redevelop the popular fast-food joint site and turn it into another mixed-use residential building.

There is currently timeline for when that plan could be put into action, the city added.

No new construction is currently proposed for A&W property but the applicant has asked for a change in the zoning from ‘Service Commercial’ to ‘Mixed-Use Commercial.’

Along with the applicant’s more immediate plans at 76 Duncan Avenue, its zoning request at the A&W will also be reviewed at a public hearing on April 16.

A total of 13 parking spaces are included in the Duncan Avenue proposal, which was subject to a city-led public engagement period in January and February.

The city said it received 95 feedback forms related to the three-storey plan. Many of them, they added, shared concerns over parking, traffic and the design of the building.

After the project was sent to a public hearing, one member of the public raised concerns over how the applicant’s plans would impact the bus stop in front of the Duncan Avenue property.

Mayor Julius Bloomfield said staff were aware of the issue and that the bus stop would be retained, although it was not elaborated on where it would be moved to.

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