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Too-high building gets Penticton construction start-date extended

Raezor's Edge Marine at 269 Haynes St. could be the site of an 11-storey high-rise but some on Penticton council believe the building is too high for the neighbourhood.
April 17, 2013 - 2:58 PM

A building might be too high for some on Penticton city council.

A developer wants to build an 11-storey mixed-use building at 269 Haynes St. where Raezor's Edge Marine sits. It will have eight storeys of residences, 5,000 square feet of office space, two retail units on the main floor and 44 slots for indoor parking.

The developer asked for an extension to the deadline to start building which was granted at Monday night's city council meeting. The building permit expired in January.

Coun. John Vassilaki voted against the development at first and the extension Monday night. He said the building is too high.

"There was a huge uproar by the neighbourhood because of the height." He said he would not have a problem with it being closer to or in downtown.

Acting mayor Garry Litke felt the same. "It was intruding on the residential neighbourhood."

One of the stakeholders, planner Blake Laven, said it would be unfair of council to deny this application. City leadership denied rezoning the land parcel in 2010. The property was then rezoned at a later date. The proposed building is now allowed under the new zoning.

Laven wrote council has already zoned the property for this kind of building and it "would be improper" to deny the permit.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at squesnel@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065.

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