The old Turbo gas station building in North Kamloops will be demolished to pave way for a development in its place, the latest in a string of projects that are transforming the Tranquille corridor.
Kamloops council has approved issuance of a development permit for a five-storey building on the property at 742 Tranquille Rd. (just south of the Fortune/Tranquille/Eighth intersection) that will feature 28 strata residential units — three studio, 12 one-bedroom and 13 two-bedroom — on the top four floors, in addition to commercial space on the ground level.
The city wants buildings fronting Simcoe Avenue to create a landmark as part of its North Shore Town Centre plan.
The building will feature stone and extensive glazing and foster a pedestrian-friendly environment.
“This is a key location as far as form and character is concerned,” said Marvin Kwiatkowski, the city’s development director.
Coun. Arjun Singh praised city staff and the developer for the project. He said longtime plans for Simcoe Avenue included a pedestrian walkway, adding to see the project come forward is “really exciting.
“This is a beautiful development,” Singh said. “It is really very, very nice.”
North Shore Business Improvement Association executive director Jeremy Heighton is also happy to see the development move forward.
He said housing and pedestrian accessibility add vitality to neighbourhoods, with more people in the area and more people walking around.
That, in turn, reflects positively on businesses, he said.