Another apartment building in the Summit Connector area is moving ahead more than a decade after the property was first rezoned for development.
Kamloops city council has unanimously approved a development permit for a five-storey, 77-unit rental apartment building on vacant land directly south of the a half-built Mission Hill residential building that has been sitting unfinished for years.
That project is under construction again as part of a partnership between Kelowna developer Traine Construction, rental management company Mainline Living and realtor Forum, the trio also behind development of the vacant lot.
The Mission Hill land was initially rezoned for development by council in 2008 and subdivided into three properties in 2012, with just one building complete on the land to date, west of the second phase property, where the incomplete building stands. The property the new building will reside on is the third and final phase.
“This one’s been fairly long in the tooth — over a decade — so it’s nice to see this come forward and try to get this property all cleaned up and construction completed,” City of Kamloops director of development Marvin Kwiatkowski said.
The proposed building will have about 20 rooms per floor, bicycle storage, a rooftop patio and a dog wash. It will come with 120 parking stalls, including 98 spaces for residents, 15 for visitors, six for bicycle parking and 13 reserved for residents of the under-development building to the north as per a restrictive covenant.
The application comes with two variances — building the structure 0.6 metres taller than the 15-metre maximum to accommodate the elevator shaft and a five per cent parking reduction for the bicycle stalls.
Council approved the development permit unanimously 8-0, with councillor Sadie Hunter absent from the meeting.
“I hope they can get this built because it would be nice to get it off our plate after 12 years of heartache,” Coun. Arjun Singh said.
Once the brainchild of developer Mike Rink, the project changed hands multiple times. Most recently dubbed Hudson’s Bay Landing, the development will once again be rebranded.