Downtown parking concerns delay condominium development
The two sites in question are the small parking lot on the corner of Ellis St. and Clement, and the larger parking lot on the corner of Water St. and Cawston Ave.
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January 24, 2017 - 2:30 PM
KELOWNA - The plans for a proposed multi storey condominium will be put on hold as council deferred a request to change the current parking rates of the property.
The proposed condo tower is at 1232 Ellis St. Currently the property at the corner of Ellis Street and Clement Street is used for arena and the surrounding area parking.
The request put forward to council Monday afternoon, Jan. 23, would reduce the current parking rate within the current CD5 zone, to one parking stall per unit.
Properties that would be affected would be the smaller lot to the east of Prospera Place - where the building would go, and what is now considered the main parking lot for the arena - which would be then used for the condominium parking. Parking for Prospera Place itself would then be limited to the lot directly south of the building.
Council’s main concern surrounded the parking for the area.
“The reality is, everyone who uses that building, uses those parking lots,” said Coun. Ryan Donn. “If we were to move forward on this, a larger variance for parking would be needed.”
RG Properties owns all three properties - including the Prospera Place land, on which it has a lease agreement with the City.
According to Terry Barton, the City’s urban planning manager, the properties have always been deemed for development, but have served as a parking lot in the interim.
“Considering this is a major arena in the heart of our city, I don’t feel comfortable deciding on this today,“ said Coun. Luke Stack.
The proposal for the building complex itself will be put forward after the parking issue has been resolved.
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