Penticton council to discuss six-storey, 234-unit strata apartment complex at site of old Ogopogo Motel

Swanky plan on Riverside

Penticton city councillors will get their first chance to discuss a proposed six-storey, 234-unit apartment development at the former Ogopogo Motel site.

The motel at 270 Riverside Drive was bought and demolished in 2021, with long-term tenants at the time telling media they were scrambling to find similarly affordable accommodation.

Its replacement, if approved, will be a strata building with two indoor and one outdoor fitness rooms, an outdoor kitchen, pool and hot tub, putting green, multi-purpose room, lawns, seating areas, a food truck pad and a bike repair and wash station.

The design calls for 28 studio units, 117 one-bedroom units and 89 two-bedroom units, along with two storeys of parking. The developer also wants zoning amendments to allow vacation rentals as a permitted use, and food trucks.

In a report that will be presented to council Tuesday, city staff recommend granting the first reading, a process that would automatically send the rezoning requests to a public hearing on Dec. 20.

Staff note that the proposal fits within the focus of the North Gateway Plan, adopted in 2022 as a roadmap for revitalizing, connecting and densifying the northwest area of Penticton.

Council could alternatively choose to deny the first reading.

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