955 Timmins Street near the Canadian Tire could be turned into major housing, if council gives their approval. (City of Penticton)

955 Timmins Street near the Canadian Tire could be turned into major housing, if council gives their approval. (City of Penticton)

Proposed development on Penticton’s Timmins Street goes to public hearing

The developer is looking to turn the industrial storage into townhouses and apartments

A proposed residential development on Penticton’s Timmins Street will be going to a public hearing.

Penticton council unanimously voted to send the project to a public hearing set for Oct. 19.

The developer of the area had already made several changes and updates to their plan following public feedback.

If approved, the project would provide 148 apartment units in two buildings, and 71 townhouses and replace the existing Timmins Street Self-Storage complex. That is 10 fewer townhouses than were initially proposed.

One of the concerns from nearby residents was the impact of the development on the traffic on the nearby street, with parking, pedestrian safety and excessive speeding. Despite the city’s own traffic assessment not finding any traffic-flow issues with the current number of residents or potential increase from the project, the developer is offering traffic calming measures.

To address that concern, the developer has put forward an offer of $110,000 to address the traffic flow on Moosejaw Street, which connects to Timmins Street. That money would go towards pedestrian-activated flashing lights at the Eckhardt Avenue East intersection with Timmins Street.

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Other concerns included greenery and the existing trees along Timmins Street, and the developer hired an arborist to work with the city to check on the health of the trees. Following that review, 24 trees will have to be removed, with 20 healthy mature trees being kept.

The development cost charges for the project alone would provide $1,461,058.50 to the city in revenue.

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