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Massive Blackmun Bay housing project in West Kelowna scaled back by more than 80%

This is the new concept for what was once called Blackmun Bay but has been renamed to Sol Aqua Townhomes.
Image Credit: Submitted/Citiy of West Kelowna
July 24, 2021 - 8:30 AM

After years of fruitless efforts to build a highrise with residential units and a hotel along Campbell Road in West Kelowna, Landstar Developments is now proposing a much smaller project.

Originally called Blackmun Bay, it started off in 2017 at 740 units with towers reaching up to 14 storeys.

By the fall of 2019 it had been scaled back to 340 units with a maximum height of eight storeys but that plan was rejected by West Kelowna city council.

READ MORE: West Kelowna's Blackmun Bay proposal appears to be dead on the water

A new application, for what is now being called Sol Aqua Townhomes, was given unanimous support by the city’s Agricultural Advisory Committee earlier this week.

This plan reduces the project to 45 to 60 townhomes built as duplexes above Campbell Road, fitting into the hillside.

This is an earlier version of the Blackmun Bay proposal.
This is an earlier version of the Blackmun Bay proposal.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/BLACKMUN BAY

The proposal went to the Agricultural Advisory Committee because some of the project includes land within the Agricultural Land Reserve.

While the housing proposal has changed dramatically, plans to build a 242-slip public marina remain in place. That already has conditional approval from the province if the land gets rezoned.

Plans call for covered parking at the marina with greenhouses on top, subject to approval by the Agricultural Land Commission. A wine tasting room is also proposed for the marina area.

Committee members were told the plans, at this point, are still conceptual. Much more detailed work has to be done before it advances to city council.


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