Kelowna city council likes the idea of a new art and worship centre on Lakeshore Road, spearheaded by the St. Paul’s United Church congregation.
The new mixed-use development would include living space, an area for the arts community to rent and retail office space.
“I know this is a real challenge, even within a congregation, to come to a decision on a piece of land and I really want to commend them for the way they reached out and involved the community,” said Coun. Robert Hobson, at Monday’s council meeting, where councillors heard of the collaborative approach the church used to draw input from the neighbourhood.
The development will be bordered by Lakeshore Road, KLO Road, Ritcher Street and Lanfranco Road and will include housing and an arts centre.
It is said to be a “true mixed use project” designed to “help animate and draw people to the South Pandosy Urban Centre.”
The art and worship centre at the back of the project will include stage space, art studios and flexible areas, which City of Kelowna staff believe will also attract foot traffic to the shopping area.