Okanagan College seeks permit for 182-unit student housing project

OC set to move on housing

Okanagan College is moving forward with plans to construct a 182-unit student housing building on its Kelowna campus.

The college is seeking a development permit from the city for form and character of the six-storey building. It already received approval to build six-storeys on the site rather than the previously allowable three.

The development permit application brought forward to the planning department last week includes plans for 162 micro suites, six micro accessible units, four double and 10 quad units.

It also specifies an additional 67 parking stalls on top of the parking already provided at the adjacent Skaha residence.

"The new student residence was designed to strengthen pedestrian connections to main campus buildings and the western entrance to campus along West Campus Road," the application stated.

"Knowing that student will approach the residence primarily from the northwest corner of the site as well as from the existing promenade in front of the trades building, this project has placed importance on developing new sidewalks to create a safe and walkable campus.

"The siting of the new building was designed to create a vibrant and functional outdoor amenity space shared with the Skaha residence creating a quad between the residences for gathering and circulation."

The building will also include a central multi-purpose space on each floor along with a club room and play room separated from the main structure on the ground floor.

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