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Parking lot in the works for vacant downtown Penticton property

Penticton city council will look at a rezoning application to allow a parking lot to be created at the corner of Westminster Avenue and Winnipeg Street, a brownfield property for the last 15 years.
October 16, 2017 - 4:31 PM

PENTICTON - A Westminster Avenue corner lot could see new life as a parking lot after spending the last 15 years in a brownfield state.

Penticton city council will look at a zoning amendment to have the corner lot at Westminster Avenue and Winnipeg Street rezoned from a vehicle service station designation to urban centre commercial in order to allow Valley First Credit Union to develop a parking lot on the site.

The property which is made up of five downtown lots, was developed with an Esso gas station and 7-Eleven convenience store in 1982, according to a staff report prepared for council. The site was remediated in 2003 when underground storage tanks were removed and the commercial building was demolished.

The Ministry of Environment issued a certificate of compliance on the property in 2016, allowing limited redevelopment of the site.

Valley First Credit Union are proposing to make the amendment to allow for construction of a 39 stall parking lot for the credit union’s employees.

City staff say he developer intends to go above and beyond what is required by the subdivision and development bylaw with the rebuilding of road frontage that includes the installation of large tree pits.

The city would be responsible for the cost of the trees at a total cost of $2,000, with the developer picking up the cost of concrete and other works. The city would also be responsible for a survey and registration of the road which is estimated at $1,500.

Staff recommend council rezone the site in addition to providing $2,000 from the city’s amenity reserve to provide trees. If council approves the recommendation at their meeting tomorrow, Oct. 17, the matter will be given first reading and sent to a public hearing on Nov. 7.

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