The Wine Trail in West Kelowna is getting a brewery.
Council on Monday granted a parking variance that clears the way for Lakesider Brewery to open in the Lakeview Heights strip mall.
“People come from all over Canada to visit our Wine Trail. But maybe everyone doesn’t drink wine. They’d like to have a glass of beer,” Mayor Gord Milsom said.
“I think this a great addition to the Lakeview Heights community,” said Coun. Jason Friesen.
The Wine Trail is the unofficial name for Boucherie Road, West Kelowna’s busiest municipal road and home to about 15 wineries. The mall is located on Anders Road, a few hundred metres from the Wine Trail.
Technically, the brewery required 40 parking stalls, according to city rules. But only seven are designated for the brewery in the mall’s parking lot.
Council agreed to grant the 33-stall variance, with several councillors noting the brewery’s busiest hours of operation will be in the evening, when many of the mall’s other tenants are closed.
“It seems logical to me to have shared parking spots,” Milsom said.
The brewery will be the last building in the mall’s redevelopment, council heard. Mall owner Rob Chetner quipped more breweries may come to West Kelowna in the future, suggesting an “Ale Trail” may be in the offing.
Expressions of support for the parking variance at the mall came from many nearby property owners as well as the Lakeview Heights Community Association.