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More than dozen buildings planned for old trailer park

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Plans for the former Hiawatha Park on Lakeshore Road in Kelowna include an 11-storey hotel, a nine-storey apartment hotel, two eight-storey buildings, and several low- and mid-rise residential buildings
A comprehensive redevelopment of an old mobile home park in Kelowna will see the construction of more than a dozen new buildings.
Plans for the former Hiawatha Park on Lakeshore Road include an 11-storey hotel, a nine-storey apartment hotel, two eight-storey buildings, and several low- and mid-rise residential buildings.
Development of the 7.3-hectare site, which includes a sizable commercial component, will be guided by a master plan to be considered Monday by Kelowna city council.
"The development will be an inviting and sustainable mixed-use commercial and residential neighbourhood that will support the tourism potential of this unique area of Kelowna," reads part of a city report to council.
The master plan - which covers things such as building location, architectural themes and public amenities like the restoration of Wilson Creek - has been worked on by both the project developer, Westcorp Properties Inc., and city staff.
A variety of rezonings are required and will be the subject of future public hearings.
Plans for the development first surfaced in 2008. The time lapse in the project moving forward has been due both to market conditions and the need for Westcorp to reach buyout or moving arrangements with trailer park residents.
The portion of the property closest to Lakeshore Road will have both residential and commercial developments, while the rest of the site will contain only housing.
"The proposed housing mix will provide a variety of housing options for a wide demographic profile, and the boutique hotel will contribute to the economic development of the area," city land use planner Alec Warrender writes in a report to council.
Plans call for a number of open public spaces within the development sites, as well as creation of a walking trail along Wilson Creek. Approximately 2,500 square metres of ground-floor commercial space is envisioned.

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