2 developments set to go

A development initially turned down by Kelowna city council won approval Tuesday night.

The 134-unit project on Mission Springs Drive was defeated by a 5-4 vote in September, at the tail end of a public hearing that went on until 3:30 a.m.

Council was concerned about parking and height.

Shortly after the vote, Mayor Colin Basran asked council to give the developers the opportunity to make changes and return before the six-month wait period.

Green Square Development Ltd. made changes to the configuration, dropping the number of units from 141 to 134, reducing the parking requirement from 209 to 202 stalls. Other changes to the parkade struture meant no variance was required for parking.

Despite some opposition, council approved the changes to the development, which includes three six-storey buildings and one five-storey building.

Coun. Tracy Gray was one of those who voiced concern about the original parking plan.

She said she is pleased with what they came back with.

"What a lot of people maybe didn't realize was part of their requirement is to build the road that extends to Casorso. It's a dead end road right now," said Gray. "Building that road is going to add another 50 to 60 stalls in the neighbourhood."

A second development permit was also approved for a five-storey, 105-unit apartment building on the former Conservatory site on Valley Road.

The development consists mainly of one- and two-bedroom suites, with some bachelor units.

The original development plan called for two buildings, however, the proposal before council Tuesday included just one.

"A lot of people have been waiting for the Conservatory site to be built, so we are really happy to see more projects move forward," said Basran

"The other thing we like is there are going to be a mix of housing. The buildings under construction are rentals. This one is for market, then there are some townhomes coming that are three bedroom. But, we also heard there is going to be some seniors housing."

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