Kelowna council approves rental housing project

Kelowna council approves rental housing project

Plan for former packinghouse site calls for 148 rental units

Plans to build residential units on the former BC Tree Fruit Packinghouse site has city council’s blessing — mostly.

PC Urban, owner of the north end property, wants to build 148 rental units on the southwest corner of the property, fronting on Richter and Clement.

While the development would occupy one-third of the land use, the remaining parcels, earmarked for industrial use, have no definitive plans in place yet.

Related: Rental housing proposal submitted

Coun. Mohini Singh said she is happy to see the concept come forward, but she hopes to see more of a “wow factor” in the final design.

“This is a key location in our community…I’m really looking for more than just throwing up a building, a coffee shop and some trees. That is not going to cut it,” Singh said.

“For all intents and purposes this site is part of our downtown core and is right across from our new RCMP building. I’m looking for something spectacular for that site.”

The rental component represents about a 2.8 per cent increase in the rental housing supply within Kelowna’s Census Metropolitan Area, and is part of an overall 22 per cent increase in primary rental housing either approved or in the planning stages.

Coun. Gail Given cautioned that while this project might fill a need, losing industrial land is not ideal.

“I don’t want this to be the slippery edge of a slope we go down where developers starting looking at our industrial zoned lands as residential potential. That should not be our intent in supporting this project,” Given said.

“I would hate to see our industrial sites redeveloped as we really do need that land for industrial purposes. And I would not like to see any further residential (development) bleeding into this project either.”

Part of the residential project amenities calls for a strong urban edge and street wall at the intersection of Clement Avenue and Richter Street, but planning staff added that about four metres will be set aside to allocate for the continual upgrade of Clement.

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Joe Rich residents want logging operations in the area to stop for now until they get more clarity on slope stability and risks to the Mission Creek watershed. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Joe Rich logging poses watershed risk: residents

Area residents want the logging to stop in the area for the time being

Kelowna Law Courts. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
Former Vernon teacher found guilty of historic sex crimes against minors

Anoop Singh Klair was found guilty of all eight charges against him in a Kelowna courtroom on Friday

An algal bloom on Wood Lake has residents concerned for the body of water's health. (Wendy Innes-Shaw)
‘Wood Lake looks seriously unwell’: Lake Country residents

Algal bloom appears to be getting worse, and stinky

North Okanagan business Hytec Kohler set up a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Spallumcheen plant Friday, May 14. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
More than half of eligible adults in Interior Health vaccinated

Over 365,000 vaccine doses have been administered throughout the Interior Health region

Kelowna, Lake Country high schools exposed to virus

COVID-19 exposures listed at George Elliot, École Kelowna Friday

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

KCR Migrant Support Worker, Javier, had an exciting day escorting his son Ian with him during ‘Take your Child to Work Day’!
KCR: Volunteering is being part of a whole

KCR Community Resources shares stories of its volunteers in a weekly column

The real estate market is hot in Vernon, and across the Okanagan. (John Dent photo)
North Okanagan home prices, demand continue to build

Single family home volumes up 200 per cent, worth average $647,000

A wildfire southeast of Vernon has been added to the BC Wildfire dashboard Friday, May 14, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service)
Wildfire sparks southeast of Vernon

The fire appears to be in a remote area east of Aberdeen Lake

Bradley Priestap in an undated photo provided to the media some time in 2012 by the London Police Service.
Serial sex-offender acquitted of duct tape possession in B.C. provincial court

Ontario sex offender on long-term supervision order was found with one of many ‘rape kit’ items

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Rich Coleman, who was responsible for the gaming file off and on from 2001 to 2013, was recalled after his initial testimony to the Cullen Commission last month. (Screenshot)
Coleman questioned over $460K transaction at River Rock during B.C. casinos inquiry

The longtime former Langley MLA was asked about 2011 interview on BC Almanac program

Enderby’s Small Axe Roadhouse was the subject of nasty backlash after installing two busty beer towers. (Facebook)
Enderby bar’s busty beer taps to stay put despite backlash

‘Many folks have mansplained to us that we are sexist, misogynistic…’

Most Read