Wharton agreement not yet signed

Discussions continuing for multi-storey development


by John Arendt

The agreement needed for a multi-storey development on Wharton Street has not yet been signed.

Municipal planner Ian McIntosh said the signatures on the agreement are expected soon, but it would still take some time afterward before work could begin on the project.

After an agreement is reached, the developers will need a development permit and a building permit before the construction can begin.

The development permit must first go through the design committee and then to council to ensure it meets the requirements.

“As long as it meets the guidelines, it will be issued,” McIntosh said.

The building permit does not go through council but is handled through the municipality’s Development Services department.

McIntosh estimates the time involved in getting the development permit and the building permit would be two to three months.

In spring when conceptual drawings of the project were presented at a public open house, the developers had said they wanted to begin construction by August.

The first five-storey building in the development plan would have an area of more than 6,000 square metres, with commercial and professional spaces and residential units.

Commercial units under consideration include a bank, a small restaurant, a retail store and a professional service.

The second building would accommodate the museum and the library, which are both in buildings too small for their present needs.

The Summerland branch of the Okanagan Regional Library has an area of 316 square metres, or 48 per cent of the size needed to adequately serve Summerland’s present population.

The library was built in 1981 and since 2003, the Okanagan Regional Library board has been working to find a new location for the library.

The museum, which opened in 1983, covers 372 square metres.


Just Posted

Donations collected for Summerland Food Bank

More than 60 people attended recent Holiday Open House at Edward Jones office

Ready for the festive season

In 1955, Summerland had a dazzling display of holiday lights

South Okanagan Métis step up involvement with school district

The association wants to have more of a role in the inclusion of Métis culture, history in schools

Open houses regarding transit between Penticton and Kelowna

The meetings will be held in Summerland, Princeton, Penticton, Peachland and Osoyoos on Dec. 4 and 5

Third fatality in 24 hours on South Okanagan roads

A vehicle incident closed Highway 3 for five hours Monday night

VIDEO: E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce sickens 18 people in Ontario, Quebec

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it’s working with U.S. authorities to determine the source of the romaine lettuce those who got ill were exposed to.

Feds give formal notice for law to end Canada Post strike

Trudeau government ready to legislate employees back to work after five weeks of rotating strikes

Lower Mainland suspect identified in fatal northern B.C. hit and run

Suspect and seven other individuals believed involved located on Haida Gwaii

‘Bait and switch’ warning ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Competition Bureau of Canada is warning shoppers of illegal sale tactics

Legal battle ahead for suspended B.C. legislature executives

Public removal ‘very unfair,’ says veteran clerk Craig James

B.C. sees biggest spike in homicides across Canada, at 34%

Much of the killing was attributed to gang violence, according to Statistics Canada

Fundraiser established for the family of South Okanagan crash victim

A GoFundMe account has been established for the Penticton driver who died in an accident

Sea lion tangled in rope on Vancouver Island

Marine debris is a ‘significant problem’ for marine wildlife

Postal strike affects charities at critical fundraising time

Canadian fundraising professionals and charities join call for fast resolution

Most Read