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Development goes public

A proposed mixed-use development for downtown Peachland is going out to the public.

A community info session is planned for Peachland's Little Schoolhouse on March 9, from 4 to 8 p.m.

On the table, a proposed retail, commercial and residential building at the corner of Beach Avenue and 4th Street.

The proposed developers, CityState Consulting Services, say the development would include retail shops on the main floor, second-floor office space, with 10 to 12 large family units designed for "year-round living."

Gaetan Royer, a planner with CityState, said from a planning perspective, the downtown corner is important.

"How we deal with this intersection is literally a turning point for the future of Peachland's core commercial area," he said in a news release.

He called the development the "first big investment downtown," since the 15-year-old Gateway project.

Called PeachTree Village, Royer says it will extend commercial development past 4th Street, and help to connect the existing core commercial area with a proposed seniors building at 6th Street.

He added construction at the corner will be "a clear signal for the business community and shoppers about the strength and potential of the local economy."

According to the news release, development of the project began two years ago, but was halted in 2016 when a water supply issue was discovered.

"We struggled with the enormity of the problem, but council really came through for us, and all downtown property owners," said Royer.

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