UPDATE: Seniors care facility considering change

Proposal to turn 20-year senior care facility into a bed and breakfast passed unanimously in council

Editor’s note: This story has been updated from the original, which stated the owners are changing their business to reflect that they are considering it.

A Penticton business is considering changing six units of seniors care to a four-room bed and breakfast after the proposal went through public hearings unscathed Tuesday evening.

Pentoka Companion Care operators David and Sandy Lusted have run the assisted living facility for seniors for 20 years, but in a letter to council said they are reconsidering their situation.

“We feel it is time for a change and would like you to consider rezoning our property to allow us to operate a bed and breakfast home,” the couple wrote in the letter.

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Letter of Intent by Dustin Godfrey on Scribd

The operators left letters in their neighbours’ mailboxes notifying them of the proposed changes and asking for their support. In a package delivered to council, six generic letters of support for the changes were included from neighbours.

In his report to council, planner Randy Houle noted a positive relationship the couple has developed with neighbours and pointed out the location, near a mall and transportation, would be a good spot for a bed and breakfast.

In Tuesday evening’s public hearing, nobody spoke for or against the proposal, and it passed unanimously without comment from councillors.

The owners, when asked by the Penticton Western News if they would like to clarify on the content of their letter and timeline of the potential changes, refused to comment.

168 Kirkpatrick Ave. rezoning report by Dustin Godfrey on Scribd

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