Pro­posed rental build­ing short on park­ing space

The Daily Courier - - CITY - By Daily Courier Staff

A new rental hous­ing project would have lots of bi­cy­cle stor­age, but fewer park­ing spots than city reg­u­la­tions re­quire.

Mis­sion Group plans to build an 87-suite, four­storey project on the north side of En­ter­prise Way on va­cant land just slightly east of the in­ter­sec­tion with Spall Road.

"With lim­ited pur­pose-built re­tails and a low va­cancy rate in Kelowna, the pro­posed rental build­ing is much de­sired and con­sists of 19 mi­cro suites, 17 one-bed­room units and 51 two-bed­room units," Trisa Brandt, a city plan­ner, writes in a re­port to coun­cil.

The prop­erty is al­ready zoned to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment, but Mis­sion Group still hopes to win coun­cil per­mis­sion for a park­ing vari­ance. For a build­ing of this size, 117 stalls are nor­mally re­quired, but Mis­sion Group pro­poses to pro­vide 95.

The vari­ance is ac­cept­able, city plan­ners say, since own­ers of the mi­cro-suites, which are less than 300 square feet, might not own cars.

As well, the project is within easy walk­ing dis­tance of many ameni­ties such as shop­ping and the Parkin­son rec cen­tre, so fu­ture res­i­dents may not own mul­ti­ple ve­hi­cles, staff say.

Coun­cil will de­cide whether to ap­prove the park­ing vari­ance on May 2.

A sig­nif­i­cant amount of se­cure, in­door bike stor­age is pro­posed for the project, plan­ners note.

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