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Penticton City Council will be reviewing a report to allow for two hotel projects near the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre to expand by closing part of Alberni Street on Tuesday.
Staff are recommending a closure to reduce Alberni road to one northbound travel lane between Vernon Avenue and Westminster Avenue. The closed road will allow the proposed new hotel lots being constructed by the Mundi Group to move slightly to the east and closer to the PTCC and will enable a 30 to 45 room expansion of the current Hotel Penticton (formerly the Coast Hotel).
“Staff believe the proposed road closure and associated land reconfiguration will provide a better design for the future Mundi hotel and strengthen the connection to the PTCC. Likewise, creating expansion space for the Hotel Penticton will support the goal of constructing additional hotel rooms in this area,” said Blake Laven, the city’s director of development services in a news release.
Both hotel groups are strongly interested in this proposal.
“We believe that the proposed road closure and land reconfiguration will allow for the best possible layout and design of the future hotel and attached restaurant space. The proposal helps to provide an appealing entrance from Westminster to the hotel and restaurant, while also giving us enough space to fulfill important needs like parking,” said Mundi Hotel Group President, Ron Mundi. “Without the proposed changes, the project would have a much less appealing layout attempting to configure to the dimensions of the existing lot.”
“All of us at Hotel Penticton and Bear’s Den Restaurant are excited for the new North Gateway project and how we can help promote tourism and partnerships with the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. We’re aligning the services to our guests to create synergy with all things Penticton,” said Owner/General Manager of the Hotel Penticton and Bear’s Den Restaurant, Billy Coles.
Agreements between the city and the Mundi Hotel Group for the closed portion of Alberni Street to be added to the land would mean the hotel would take on additional works to facilitate the road closure and give up a small westerly portion of the site.
The portion of 903 Vernon Avenue sold to the Penticton Hotel would be compensated by a cash payment of $265,000.
If approved by council, the Mundi Group would be constructing a 100 to 110 room six storey hotel with a fitness centre, pool and hot tub along with a 100 seat restaurant spanning two floors in a separate building and a rooftop patio.
Hotel Penticton would be adding on a new four storey hotel building consisting of 30 to 45 rooms along with completing renovations to their existing lounge, conference and fitness areas.
A huge condo project planned for downtown Kelowna is seeing more interest from locals than first expected, according to its developer.
“When we started this thing, I was told that no one from Kelowna would want to buy. We’ve seen the exact opposite,” said Anthony Beyrouti, founder of Orchard Park Properties, the company behind Water Street by the Park.
The 650-unit development at the corner of Water Street and Leon Avenue will feature three towers, the largest being 42-storeys. It is being designed by Vancouver-based Ciccozzi Architecture.
Beyrouti says their sales representatives have seen a deluge of interest since they started taking pre-sale registrations, and Kelowna residents are interested in living downtown.
“They want to be down here. They want to be in the area, walking around,” he said.
Several other downtown condo projects coming online have also sold very well, according to their developers.
Water Street by the Park released their floor plans over the long weekend and work is nearing completion on a sale centre on Leon Avenue.
Beyrouti says they are working towards construction at full speed.
“We want to break timelines like people have never seen,” he said.
He said they plan on breaking ground early next year and completing the first 42-storey tower in two years time.
When it comes to our furry friends, is there anything we won’t do to make them happy? While we love to lavish them with all the best things, your standard dog bed isn’t exactly a hot decor item. If you’re looking for something extra-special to keep your pooch comfy, try one of these easy-to-make DIY dog beds you and your dog will both love.
Dog Bed Nightstand
When your dog loves to sleep in your room, but you’re short on space, you need a dog bed with a small footprint. And as any small space dweller knows, the struggle to find storage in a cramped apartment is real. That’s why you need furniture that works double-duty, like a space-saving nightstand/dog bed.
If your pooch is small enough, you can convert an old nightstand into a dog bed with a few easy hacks. You’ll want to add a row of vents along the sides for airflow and to let your dog see out. And you’ll have to replace the solid panel door with one with slats or chicken wire. You can also find plans online if you want to build a larger nightstand to accommodate big dogs.
A Dog Bed That’s Ready to Go
If the thought of an ordinary dog bed makes the design lover in you cringe, just think outside the crate. Give your furry friend a stylish spot to nap by converting a vintage suitcase into a cozy bed. Remove the top of the suitcase and fit the bottom with a pillow, foam pad or thick blanket for comfort.
Go one step further and replace the hinges on the lid with latches so you can put the top back on. Use the pockets to store treats and toys, and you and your dog will always be ready to hit the road.
Upcycled Tire Dog Bed
Give your dog the perfect place to curl up by turning an old (or new) tire into a colorful dog bed. Start by giving the tire a good scrub and then painting it a pretty color. Once the paint is dry, add felt furniture pads around the bottom of the tire to protect your floors. Fit a low-cost foam dog bed into the center of the tire, and voila! A durable but cozy dog bed that can handle a bit of roughhousing.
Put Your Pup in A Basket
For those who don’t really DIY, a basket dog bed is so simple you won’t believe you didn’t think of it sooner. All you need is the right size basket and a pillow that fits inside. Add a cute pillowcase, and you have a quick and easy dog bed that looks like part of your decor.
Turn Things Upside Down
If you like to treat your dog like royalty, you’ll definitely want to make them their own four-poster bed. An old, out-of-date coffee table is all you need to give your dog a bed that’s fit for a king (or queen).
Look for a square table that’s large enough for your dog to lie on and turn it upside down. Add rubber stoppers or wood blocks as feet to raise it off the floor. Next, sand the table and paint it and the feet the same color. Cut a piece of foam to fit the bottom of the coffee table and cover it with a pretty fabric. You’ve now got a regal four-poster bed perfect for your special pup.
Transform a Piece of Old Furniture
Are you dreaming of a dog bed that doesn’t look like a dog bed? Try converting an old hutch or media cabinet into doggie quarters that look like furniture. Check the attic or browse garage sales for a low, wide cabinet with doors that can be removed to create an opening. Add a foam pad or pillow for comfort, and you’ll have a dog bed no one will notice. Bonus points if the unit has drawers for storing toys and supplies.
Whether you’ve got a big dog, a small dog or a pup, treat them with a one-of-a-kind DIY dog bed to show them how very good they are.
Buying a home might seem simple, but there’s actually a lot more involved than you might initially think. For instance, in addition to a variety of new terms to understand, there’s also paperwork to complete and fees to pay before closing on your new home. And, while you might be tempted to rush through the process as quickly as possible, cutting corners could be financially detrimental in the long run.
Fortunately, there are quite a few options to help you purchase your first home. Below, we’ll review first-time homebuyer loans and programs that will give you a better deal when you purchase a house. In fact, if you choose one of these first-time homebuyer programs, you may even see significant savings compared to a traditional or conventional mortgage.
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) operates a program to help people who may not have the best credit history. If you have had your share of financial issues, this program might allow you to buy a house — even if you don’t meet the ideal conditions set by conventional mortgages.
For example, affording a large down payment is a challenge for many first-time buyers, but FHA loans allow you to initiate a mortgage with only 3.5% down. The FHA also guarantees your loan through this program, allowing lenders to accept borrowers with lower credit scores. However, you’ll likely have to pay ongoing insurance premiums to protect the lender, so there may be better options.
If you’re a current or former service member, you can benefit from the VA loans program, in which the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs backs mortgages that could help you secure a home loan without a down payment.
Notably, the VA has minimum requirements for income and debt, but lenders may add additional requirements, as well. VA loans are one of the few $0 down payment loan programs, along with USDA loans.
If you’re looking for a loan as a first-time homebuyer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a program to help people living in rural areas. If you live in a qualifying area, the USDA offers mortgages with no down payment required. Granted, there can be some restrictions on income, although it depends upon your location. Generally, the population or the area will need to be less than 30,000 people in order to qualify as a rural area. And, if you don’t intend to put any money down, this will be one of several important home buying questions to ask your mortgage broker or lender upfront.
Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are government-sponsored organizations that make homebuying more affordable by providing conventional loans with discounts. This could mean that you only have to make a 3% down payment with the help of these organizations.
Keep in mind that, when utilizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for a first-time homebuyer loan, you’ll need to have a good credit score.
Good Neighbor Next Door
If you’re a teacher, police officer, firefighter, or emergency medical technician, you could get a discount of up to half off the price of a new home. The program was created by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide access to discounted homes for these vital workers.
It’s worth noting that the homes are in locations that are classified as revitalization areas with lower homeownership rates and household incomes. There are also some restrictions on these properties, including the requirement to continue to live in the home for at least three years. But, if you find a home that you’re interested in, act quickly, as the homes are only listed on their website for seven days.
HUD also operates a program in which it sells homes for as little as a dollar. And, while you may find it very difficult to find anything other than a tiny property for that amount, they don’t have many homes available on their site, either. Most homes are more expensive than $1, but they do offer a great value compared to conventional listings, as these are homes that were foreclosures and then acquired by the FHA.
While these programs are national, you might be lucky to be in an area where the local government offers assistance to first-time homebuyers. You can see what is available to you by browsing your local government website.
Renovation Loan Programs
If you’re interested in buying a home that needs some renovation, there’s more help available, as well. In fact, there are numerous renovation loan programs to choose from as a first-time homebuyer.
Energy Efficient Mortgages
The Energy Efficient Mortgage program (EEM) can help you buy a larger home while saving money on your bills. Note that the home will need to be assessed to find the cost of energy-saving improvements and to evaluate the savings that can be made each month. Then, if the energy-saving improvements are cost-effective, this amount can be added to the mortgage. While your mortgage payments will be slightly higher, you’ll also be saving each month on your energy costs once the improvements have been completed.
If you’re looking to buy an older home, this can be a great way to save money in the long term while adding value to your home. And, because this can be applied to any mortgage, you can also use it in addition to one of the other loan programs previously mentioned.
If you’re looking to buy a home that needs a lot of improvements, the FHA’s 203(k) loan program could be for you. This type of loan considers the property’s value once it has been renovated, which will allow you to borrow the money you need to complete the improvements.
The 203(k) loan can also be a great mortgage product to utilize if you bought a foreclosed home and need to do any renovations or improvements.
Fannie Mae also offers a loan program to help you buy a home that needs renovations. Similar to the 203(k) loan program, it allows you to complete structural and cosmetic renovations on a new property. It also offers an option for a down payment as low as 3% of your mortgage.
Freddie Mac has a program for homes that need improvement, as well. It also offers low down payment requirements and you can finance renovations for up to 75% of the completed value.
Buying your first home is difficult enough, so make the process a little easier by taking advantage of the programs available to you and research these programs to determine which one suits your situation the best. By doing so, you’ll be able to purchase your home at a better interest rate and with a lower down payment and fees.
It’s also essential to note that if you’re self-employed or do a large volume of cash business, the lender will want to verify where your funds are coming from. There will also be far more scrutiny when you have large cash deposits.
As a first-time buyer, you have many choices when it comes to financing. Make sure you do your due diligence before ultimately deciding which financing program is best for you.
The Central Okanagan School District says it has been left with just one option to build a new secondary school in West Kelowna.
Next week school trustees will review a recommendation that would see George Pringle Elementary downtown Westbank knocked down and rebuilt as a high school.
English elementary students from George Pringle would then be sent to the Webber Road Elementary School site, which was closed years ago and is now leased to the Boys and Girls Club. The school district still owns the site.
George Pringle’s French Immersion students would be sent to Glenrosa Elementary and/or Hudson Road Elementary.
The school district says it considered building a new high school on the Webber Road site because of “significant challenges with location, topography and the designated archeological/historical site where the school would be built.”
The school district says it is urgent they move ahead with the project as Mount Boucherie Secondary is expected to be at 126 per cent capacity, with 17 portables, within five years. Provincial funding for other projects would also be in jeopardy if there are further delays.
“Left with only a single feasible solution after years of comprehensive investigation, the Board is faced with an incredibly difficult situation as it strives to ensure that it has the space to serve our students on the Westside,” says board Chairperson Moyra Baxter. “As a board, we are committed to ensuring that the students and families of E?cole George Pringle Elementary School will be well supported if the decision is to proceed with this plan.”
The school district says students who currently could walk to George Pringle Elementary will require busing under the new plan. The commute by car would be an additional 6-10 minutes.
SD 23 says it will also work with the City of West Kelowna and the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club to preserve as many of the Webber Road community centre’s operations as possible when the school opens. By 2024, SD 23 will also terminate its lease with the city for the community gardens and dog park on the George Pringle site.
The full motion that trustees will be voting on Wednesday is below:
THAT: Subject to funding approval by the Ministry of Education that the École George Pringle Elementary School site be repurposed for a new Secondary school:
THAT: The Board of Education relocates the École George Pringle Elementary School English program to the Webber Road Elementary School site and the French Immersion program to Glenrosa Elementary School and/or Hudson Road Elementary School effective September 2022;
AND THAT: The Board of Education conducts a comprehensive community consultation starting in the Fall of 2021 to establish new elementary, middle and secondary catchments for the Westside family of schools;
AND THAT: The Board of Education develops a clear and measurable plan to address the needs of students transitioning from George Pringle Elementary School prior to the relocation.
Peachland is set to show off its picturesque landscape on the small screen, as the CityTV network broadcasts Love, Bubbles, and Crystal Cove this Friday evening at 8 p.m.
The romance movie of the week features Kelowna actor Matt Brown and the debut of nine-year-old Haven Gin of Penticton. Brown began on-stage acting at the age of five, and Gin began her acting career when she was eight after being scouted by Brenda Connell of Book It Talent.
“This was her first audition and she booked it! said her mother Rebekah very proudly. “We read the role and it fit Haven to a tee.”
Boasting its beachfront shops, waterfront and also its new walking pier, the producers from Champlain Media turned Peachland into ‘Crystal Cove,’ a fictitious small American coastal town. Erecting the American flag did not go unnoticed by the locals when filming last September, but senior vice-president of production, Gilles Laplante, says he enjoyed his time in the area and hopes to be back.
“My appreciation for the Okanagan has been reciprocated by the communities there, which is what makes the relationship a success,” says Laplante. “I hope to make more movies in the Kelowna area.”
The romance movie captures the love-struck couple hiking in the Okanagan mountains, walking through vineyards, and sipping wine on the deck of the Bistro at Fitzpatrick Vineyards.
Locally, CityTV broadcasts on channel 106 on Telus and 103 on Shaw, or you can tune in to the livestream from their app.
The West Kelowna Warriors are teaming up with Valley First Credit Union for the 2nd annual Community Night.
Introduced last year, Community Night is a way for residents to show their support for local restaurants while at the same time helping those struggling during these difficult times through the Central Okanagan.
The promotion is scheduled to run May 20 at a dozen participating restaurants from 4 p.m. until closing time.
During that time, with all orders of $30 or more, the Warriors and Valley First Credit Union will donate $10 to the food bank.
“As we continue to see a rise in community members accessing the food bank, a 23% increase since January 2021, we are incredibly grateful for the support of the West Kelowna Community and to the West Kelowna Warriors, Valley First and local restaurants for hosting their second annual fundraiser, ” says Trevor Moss CEO of the Central Okanagan Food Bank.
“It is because of you and events like these we are able to meet the rising need and provide healthy food during this difficult time for many.”
Last year, 678 orders were placed with local restaurants, equating to a donation of $6,780.
“We are thrilled to be delivering another Community Night. It was a massive success last year and helped so many West Kelowna residents during a challenging time,” said Warriors president Chris Laurie.
“We are grateful to have Valley First team up with us this year to help with the donations. They have an ongoing Feed the Valley program, so they are a fantastic fit for this initiative. Please do your part and eat-out Thursday night. Let’s give these twelve local restaurants a night to remember!”.
Meditation offers many benefits, including improved attention span, increased calm and reduced stress. Even though you can meditate almost anywhere, having a dedicated meditation space at home makes it easy to find your Zen.
Ideally, you want a quiet and comfortable spot away from other distractions. There are no hard and fast rules about what you should have in your mediation room, but you want to surround yourself with items that bring you a sense of calm. Try these seven meditation room ideas to help you create the perfect place to find your inner peace.
Less Is More
If you’re having trouble clearing your mind, start by clearing out your space. The perfect meditation space begins with a clutter-free spot that contains only the bare essentials. Clear the floor of everything that isn’t part of your Zen zone. Keep carpets, pillows, plants and perhaps a small table or stool and clear out the rest. Leave surfaces clear and add only art and sculptures that bring a sense of calm.
Carve Out A Corner
If you dream of a private meditation room, but you don’t have a whole room to spare, find yourself a quiet corner to call your own. Hang a hoop canopy with long flowy curtains and pile in some floor pillows to create a cozy spot to practice mindfulness. Add a calming piece of art and bring in a plant or some flowers to complete your meditation corner.
Take in the Views
Sometimes it’s not so much about the room but the view that makes the best spot for meditating. Search out the most relaxing view in your home and set up a comfortable seat where you can appreciate the scenery. Try not to pick a window that looks out on a busy street or a park filled with people. A serene view with as few distractions as possible will be the most conducive to quiet contemplation.
If you don’t have any space to spare indoors, it’s time to look beyond your four walls for a quiet spot to collect your thoughts. The great outdoors is an excellent place for meditation because it offers that oh-so-important connection to nature. Set up a blanket and a pillow in a shady spot under a pretty tree, or find a bench near a stream for the ultimate outdoor meditation room.
Embrace the Elements
No matter where you set up your meditation room, incorporating natural elements will increase your sense of calm and well-being. Plants create a connection to nature and add a sense of peace and tranquility to any space. Alternatively, a sand pendulum brings in the earth element and also creates mesmerizing patterns to help you focus.
Water plays a vital role in meditation as a symbol of the flow of life and inner healing. A water feature is a must-have in your meditation space. A small fountain offers the soothing sound of running water and helps drown out outside distractions.
Envelop the Senses
Find your sense of calm in any space by creating a meditation room that soothes all your senses. Scents have a powerful effect on the mind. Use essential oils to increase your relaxation levels with each inhale. Or look for meditation candles that infuse dried flowers right into the wax for the perfect calming atmosphere. Florals such as lavender, rose, cedarwood and chamomile will transport you to a spring meadow when you close your eyes.
If you have a hard time finding a quiet place to focus on your inner thoughts, try drowning out outside noises with meditative music. Choose music without lyrics that you find soothing to help bring you to a place of calm. You can also incorporate nature sounds such as rain falling, waves crashing or the wind in the trees to create your Zen space.
Level Up Your Lighting
You have two choices when it comes to lighting your meditation room—an abundance of natural light or soft, warm lighting. Although natural light is ideal, you may not have a quiet option that also offers good lighting. If that’s the case, choose candles or low-level lighting to give your meditation room the right ambiance.
By practicing mindfulness, you can improve both your emotional well-being and your overall health. Try these meditation room ideas when you’re setting up your serene space.