Collett Manor moves ahead

A development on the books for about five years is finally moving ahead.

City council approved a development permit application on Monday for Collett Manor, an extended medical treatment facility proposed for Pandosy Street between Glenwood and Royal avenues across from Kelowna General Hospital.

The proposal first came before council in 2010, when the applicant asked to rezone five properties along Pandosy.

Council gave it first and second reading at a public hearing in 2012, but suggested at the time the applicant acquire a portion of the lane as well as 551 Glenwood to square off the property to allow the building to spread out a little further and reduce density.

Urban planning supervisor Lindsey Ganczar said the property was purchased and a second public hearing was held in 2012 at which council gave second and third reading to the project.

"Now, in 2015, we are considering the development permit to conclude this application," said Ganczar.

Ganczar said the proposal would include a mix of both residential and commercial components.

"The applicant is proposing 41 residential units, which are a mix of short- and long-term stay as well as permanent residences. There will be a mix of two-bedroom, one-bedroom-plus-den, one-bedroom and studio apartments," said Ganczar.

"Commercial components will include doctors' offices and clinics, a pharmacy, a medical and health retail store to serve such things as non-prescription medications, and anything to do with rehabilitation as well as a cafe."

Collett House, a heritage-registered building on the development property, would be retained and incorporated within the development.

"For all the reasons supported by staff, I believe this is a good project for the area," Mayor Colin Basran stated.

"It's a regional hospital facility we are fortunate to have in the community, and these are the types of facilities we need surrounding it."

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