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Pandosy waterfront report ready

Kelowna City Council will get a first hand look at the outcome of a two day public engagement process concerning the controversial Pandosy Waterfront.

A two day charrette, which brought together 30 community, business and resident volunteers, was held at the end of February.

Four options were brought forward from the charrette - two will be forwarded to council for consideration on Monday.

Strategic Land Development Manager, Graham Hood, says the two options being brought forward Monday are refined option 1 and refined option 4.

Hood says the major differences between the two plans include the re-alignment of Abbott Street, location of the Paddle Centre, the park size and associated cost of park development.

He says the options are similar in that they both accommodate the Paddle Centre, include park space and the continuation of the Abbott Street multi-use corridor and a public pier.

"Staff will be recommending refined option 4. On balance we feel it best bridges the feedback we received from the public and charrette participants with the project parameters council has endorsed," said Hood.

"Option 4 provides a planning solution that will animate the lakefront and bring year-round vibrancy through active living opportunities such as the park and multi-use corridor. It also encourages a neighbourhood design that ties Pandosy Village to the lake."

Hood says both designs are a significant shift over the last proposal that was quashed three years ago.

All 11 city owned lakeshore properties are included in the designs, not the seven lots north of Cedar Avenue as was initially intended.

Hood says this has allowed for more park space with all mixed-use developments kept to the east side of Abbott.

Option 4 would include:

  • A new straight connection between Abbott Street and Walnut Avenue
  • Use of remaining city-owned land east of Abbott and closed parts of Abbott and Meikel for sale to pay for amenities
  • Paddle Centre located at the terminus of Meikel at the lake
  • Central public dock for short-term, non-motorized watercraft.

The city could realize a slight profit of $378,000 utilizing option 4, however, that does not include the pier ($150,000), public washrooms ($429,000), Sanitary lift building/odor control ($737,000) or the Paddle Centre.

Hood says the Paddle Centre, estimated at $1M could be user funded while the other three amenities are not critical and could be added at a later date.

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