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Backstreet development back before Penticton council with revisions

A proposed development located at 32 Backstreet Boulevard is coming before council next Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, with some changes, including the downsizing of the building from eight stories to six.
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September 03, 2018 - 3:00 PM

PENTICTON - A proposed eight-storey, mixed-use building is coming back before Penticton City Council with a few changes.

Council approved the original plans for the building at 32 Backstreet Boulevard at the May 2, 2017 council meeting, which at the time included eight storeys with a retail unit on the ground floor along with parking for the residential units. The building’s first three floors were originally intended to be comprised of office space, with the upper five floors residential units.

The proponents have since reconsidered the building’s design, opting instead for a six-storey building comprised of 36 “modest” residential units instead of the higher-end units put forward in the original proposal.

The ground floor will consist of parking and a small retail space, with main design changes being the removal of the two office floors.

In a report prepared for council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4, the proponents are said to be requesting the changes because the original project couldn’t attract commercial tenants without any associated parking. The change in residential design was made to better reflect the current needs of the residential real estate market in Penticton.

The changes will not result in any additional cost to the city.

Staff are recommending council approve the building and issue a development permit reflecting the changes.

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