The vision that PC Urban had five years ago for a part of Kelowna’s north end has turned into reality.
The company wanted to create a combination of retail, residential and commercial space on its three acres on the northeast corner of Clement Avenue and Richter Street, and it has done just that with its Packer’s Junction development. The Lodges features 158 residential rentals that are fully leased and full of residents, and Powerhouse is a commercial and office strata development that is fully sold out as well. Businesses will start moving in early next month.
“Kelowna’s north end is undergoing a significant transformation, and our development is one piece of the puzzle,” PC Urban CEO Brent Sawchyn said in a press release. “We’ve seen a huge demand from local businesses and residents wanting to locate in the area, and we are thrilled to now see them working and living there.
“There’s a new vibrancy that’s just starting to take root in the area, proof to us that our gamble on the neighbourhood has paid off. It’s really exciting to be part of the renaissance envisioned by the City of Kelowna and planners at the north end of downtown.”
There is 19,000 feet of retail space at ground level of The Lodges, and 70% of it has been leased. That includes Lolo and Spence, a children’s boutique that opened at the end of May.
“The location has exceeded my expectations—there’s so much foot traffic,” Lolo and Spence owner Shauna Cookson said. “We were only the second business to open, so I wasn’t sure how it would go, but I’ve been blown away by how busy we were right off the bat.”
Other businesses at The Lodges include a pizzeria and brew pub, dentist, café, and candle and e-bike shops. Some of the businesses that will be setting up shop in Powerhouse are from the beauty, fitness, pharmaceutical, chiropractic, legal, insurance and telecommunications industries.