Developer comes under fire

The developer of a newly constructed apartment complex near downtown Kelowna came under fire from tenants and council Tuesday night.

Residents of Cambridge House at the corner of Ethel Street and Harvey Avenue voiced strong opposition to the development of commercial space on the ground floor of their complex.

They listed a lack of parking and waste disposal chief among the reasons for the opposition.

"Some of the challenges we are dealing with are developmental deficiencies such as the lack of visitor parking and inadequate garbage and recycling facilities," a letter to council from the building's strata council stated.

"The number of visitor parking spaces is woefully inadequate for the existing needs for the building, let alone adding on one or more businesses and their clients parking needs.

"We are also having issues with the size and number of garbage and recycling bins. One of each type, and the amount of space that has been allocated for space, which does not allow for additional bins to be added."

The building has 200 parking stalls for the 192 units, however, 28 were to have been earmarked as visitor parking.

The strata says only eight are deemed for visitors.

Residents of the building are concerned a retail store in one of the two commercial spaces would put a further squeeze on parking, garbage and recycling.

They asked council to turn down the rezoning to allow residents to work through the issues with the developer.

While sympathetic to their plight, council said because the commercial space was owned by a third party and not the developer, they should not be penalized for any conflicts between the developer and the strata.

"I want the strata representatives tonight to know I absolutely have heard their concerns," said Coun. Luke Stack.

"Often we are looking at parking issues, and it's always a big issue for us. I've often reflected on decisions we've made, and it's always good to hear back sometimes when a building is built out and see how it operates."

Further to the discussion, Coun. Brad Sieben asked that staff look into the visitor parking regulations and adherence to those, take the appropriate action, and report their findings back to council

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