Construction on a “state-of-the-art medical services campus” in downtown Westbank could begin as early as next summer.
Rick Reece, investor, developer and agent for Investicare Seniors Housing Corporation said he sees the need to centralize various scattered medical services to one convenient location.
“Our intention is to develop a state-of-the-art medical services campus,” said Reece.
“The need within the town centre is getting to the point where we think it can support it. We think that it can be a phased-in development.”
Reece said Investicare Seniors Housing Corporation is currently looking at every medical service provider that could be centralized so West Kelowna residents can avoid travelling to Kelowna for their medical needs.
“They can simply go to one place and get everything done at once.”
Investicare Seniors Housing Corporation also owns The Heritage: A $37 million, 145-unit assisted living facility, which is back under construction after a hiatus caused by unfavourable economic conditions. The Heritage is scheduled to open by the summer of 2013.
Reece said the medical services campus would provide convenience to all West Kelowna residents, especially those living at The Heritage.
He added there is significant public support for the project.
“I think it fits in well with the redevelopment and it brings some very high-paying, stable jobs into the centre of Westbank, which contributes to the overall economy of the town centre.”
West Kelowna council gave third reading to the zoning bylaw amendment related to the proposed medical facility Tuesday.
“It is consistent and very supportive of what we propose to do in Westbank town centre,” said Mayor Doug Findlater.
“It really does show that there are signs of life in that particular area.”
Reece said work will begin on attaining a development permit this fall and he hopes to break ground on the project next summer.