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City gathering feedback on massive Penticton housing proposal

The project would see 1,200 to 1,500 residential units built across from the hospital
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Up to 1,500 units of rental and strata apartments are being proposed for a property located across from the Penticton Regional Hospital. (City of Penticton)

The City of Penticton has begun gathering feedback on the massive 1,200-1,500 housing project proposed for Government Street.

The project, which would be located at 1704 Government Street and across from the Penticton Regional Hospital, currently proposes about 11 buildings on the property between six to 12 storeys high. The proposal is also looking at providing commercial spaces in the buildings.

The proposal would require an amendment to the city’s Official Community Plan to change the future land use designation on the property from Industrial to Mixed Use and a site-specific policy would be required to allow 12 storeys.

“Due to the size of the property and the substantial nature of this residential, office and retail mixed-use development proposal, residents are encouraged to review the plans to help us determine if the change in land use from its current industrial land use is in the community’s best interest,” says Blake Laven, the city’s director of development services. “Industrial land is extremely valuable for job creation and for our community’s economic health, but the proposal addresses one of our most pressing community concerns – housing. Community input into these types of decisions is critical.”

The units would be split between strata and rental units. If the project is approved, and once a design is finalized, it is expected to be built in phases over several years.

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A copy of the proposal is available today at shapeyourcitypenticton.ca. Anyone interested in learning more about the proposals can participate in any one of the following three sessions:

* Open House Wednesday, July 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. in McLaren Park

* Online Information Session Thursday, July 13 6 to 8 p.m. via Zoom Register for the meeting link at shapeyourcitypenticton.ca

* Information Booth at Downtown Market Saturday, July 22 8 to 11 a.m., 200 block of Main Street

Feedback will be collected up until July 30. Complete the form online at wr at the engagement kiosk located at the Penticton Community Centre.

The feedback will be shared with the applicant and then with Council and the community before the application is considered for a decision expected in the fall.



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