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A residential, industrial test

The City of Kelowna is looking for creative ways to supply affordable housing.

Monday, council will be asked to approve a test pilot project of mixing residential in a light industrial area.

The idea was first proposed within the city's 2012 Housing Strategy.

The proposal before council is for a multi-phased development which would include, when complete, three mixed-use industrial and residential buildings on Ethel Street just north of Crowley Avenue.

"The owner (Emil Anderson Construction) has indicated that the dwelling units would be used as employee housing and not for the rental market pool," staff says in a report.

"This will allow staff to evaluate if the project is successful at limiting landuse conflicts as it is important to preserve the viability of existing and future industrial operations."

A test of the concept was planned in 2014, for a property in the University South neighbourhood. But, it was scuttled when the owner wasn't able to see the project through and sold the property for a more traditional industrial development.



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