After inking a 25-year agreement with the Penticton Yacht Club, city staff says the redevelopment project at Skaha Lake Marina will get off the ground sooner rather than later.
Construction will begin sometime this fall and includes plans to open a new restaurant at the facility, led by the current owners of downtown Penticton restaurants the Barking Parrot and Hooded Merganser.
“We expect the work to begin this fall and residents will start to see the renovations to the restaurants, upgrades to the parking lot and landscape improvements,” said Anthony Haddad, the city’s general manager for community services.
The aforementioned restaurants, both situated across Okanagan Lake, are owned by Sylvia Lake Holdings.
Early in 2022, council agreed to a 25-year deal with the yacht club to operate the marina. Since then, both parties have worked together in finalizing partnerships with groups like the Penticton Indian Band and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
“Staff will be working to finalize approvals of the design concepts and that will allow for the submission of a building permit application over the coming weeks,” Haddad added.
City staff told Western News that the new restaurant will be a sub-lease to the Penticton Yacht Club, with construction set to begin at the end of the 2022 season.
“We have appreciated the work that the Penticton Yacht Club and their partners have done over the past few months to finalize all the agreements, working hard with our team at the city,” Haddad added. “We are looking forward to seeing the upgrades commence in the coming weeks, enhancing this facility for generations to come.”