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Penticton, OneSky Community Resources take initial step to develop childcare facility

The first steps toward a new child care facility in Penticton at Kiwanis Park on Edmonton Avenue were taken with a memorandum of understanding between the City of Penticton and OneSKy Community Resources at today's council meeting, Feb. 4, 2020.
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February 04, 2020 - 3:54 PM

The City of Penticton has a partner as it moves forward in developing a new childcare facility in Kiwanis Park.

Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding with OneSky Community Resources at today’s council meeting, Feb. 4, supporting the development of the new facility.

The City and OneSky will now proceed toward a final proposal and complete an application for a grant of up to $3 million towards a new daycare facility to replace the Edmonton Avenue Centre, according to a City of Penticton media release.

“OneSky has a deep understanding of the community’s childcare needs and an excellent reputation for providing childcare services,” director of development services Blake Laven said the release. “We’re excited to take it to the next step to work with them to apply for the grant and consult with the community about the proposal."

Once the proposal is complete, the City has plans to take the proposal public so residents can view it and comment.

Residents will also be invited to consider the need for a zoning amendment that would add ‘daycare’ as a permitted use in Kiwanis Park.

The park has been home to two childcare facilities over the past 30 years but childcare has never been an approved permitted use in the park.

Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki said the memorandum is one of several steps that must be taken prior to a final decision being made on the proposal.

“We’re pleased OneSky came forward to work with us on this opportunity,” he said in the release.

If the grant is successful and residents are interested in moving forward, the City will initiate  public process for a zoning amendment and a public hearing.

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