The proposed indoor baseball facility in Penticton has drawn “great excitement” across the community, according to city council. (Grand Slam Baseball Okanagan)

The proposed indoor baseball facility in Penticton has drawn “great excitement” across the community, according to city council. (Grand Slam Baseball Okanagan)

Proposed Penticton baseball facility moves quickly to public hearing

City council didn’t hesitate in giving the project its first green light on Aug. 16

The proposed construction of an indoor baseball facility in Penticton is heading to a public hearing on Sept. 6, just three weeks after the project was first introduced to city council.

There was no hesitation from local politicians on Aug. 16 in giving the project its first green light, which calls for the operation of a 7,000 square feet multi-use sports facility at 1603 Dartmouth Road.

Mayor John Vassilaki called the proposal a “popular development,” while Coun. Katie Robinson added that it’s drawn a “great deal of excitement” from the community.

The facility plans on offering year-round baseball services like hitting seminars, pitching clinics and softball camps. A total of 5,000 square feet of the development will be occupied with artificial turf.

Among the other Sept. 6, public hearings in Penticton include the rezoning of 221 and 241 Nelson Avenue for the purpose of constructing four separate strata units.

“The owners have identified a desire to have each unit on a separate strata title to allow for more affordable units to be sold,” city staff wrote.

The public is also set to weigh in on a proposed three-storey, 16-unit apartment building at 655 Ellis Street.

Though the project fails to provide 20 parking spaces — the minimum requirement for the zoning — the applicant is proposing to pay the city $26,000 in lieu, as well as five additional bicycle parking spots to compensate for the shortage.

The apartment is set to feature 11 one-bedroom units and five two-bedroom units.

Penticton’s Sept. 6 public hearings begin at 6 p.m. at council chambers.

The proposed 3-storey, 16-unit apartment building at 655 Ellis Street in Penticton. (Photo- City of Penticton)

The proposed 3-storey, 16-unit apartment building at 655 Ellis Street in Penticton. (Photo- City of Penticton)

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