West Kelowna council has given Village at Smith Creek the green light to construct a four-storey, 23 unit addition to the existing care centre.
The senior care centre facility, located at 2425 Orlin Rd., provides independent living with support services, assisted living and residential care.
There are currently four buildings on the property. The proposed addition would be constructed between two of the existing buildings, within the current visitor drop off and parking area, fronting Old Okanagan Highway.
To replace the eight surface parking stalls in the visitor drop-off area, eight new stalls will be accommodated in an underground parking structure located under the proposed tower.
A total of 95 parking stalls are accommodated on site.
“I believe the addition of 23 units will be welcomed by our community,” said Coun. Gord Milsom.
Mayor Doug Findlater said he’s been tasked with moving elderly members of his family on three occasions over the past 15 years.
“When they’re ready to go, there’s not always space available; when space does become available, the location is often a long ways away,” said Findlater.
“Anything we can do to increase the amount of these facilities…on the Westside, I’m pleased to support.”
He added the private facility pays significant tax dollars to the district annually and that revenue will likely increase with this addition.