Proposed rental building short on parking space
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.