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Kelowna subsidized housing project stopped by commercial business owners

A Kelowna housing development project was scheduled to start construction in December when business owners of Mill Creek Commerce Park (MCCP) put the project on hold.

MCCP representatives pumped the brakes on the project when they asked Kelowna City Council to defer approving an application made by BC Housing for a development permit.

The development permit was in reference to a Kelowna space located at 1642 Commerce Ave.

This delay comes just days after the provincial government announced the development of 55 supportive housing units to be operated by the John Howard Society.

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Gaspari complained he wasn't informed by the City or BC Housing about the proposed development.

“To be clear, our opposition to this development permit is based on the absence of due process and fairness,” said Tony Gaspari, one of the founding developers of the MCCP. “A decision is being made that will impact all of the surrounding businesses, and none of us were consulted, or even informed.”

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Gaspari said that MCCP owners are concerned the slated development project "lacks sensitivity to the established neighbourhood."

Construction on the subsidized housing units were expected to start in early December with a goal to open by early 2018.

The permit application will go before City Council next Monday, December 11th.

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