The Ogopogo is a 218 unit redevelopment project located in a residential/tourist area near the shores of Lake Okanagan in the City of Penticton. The site is directly across the street from the Penticton River Channel and parkway and will form part of the North Gateway urban village, at the entry to the City from Kelowna and the Coquihalla.
The entire area is very walkable and the site is surrounded by the Penticton Golf Club to the south, the river channel and recreational pathways to the west, the lake to the north, and low-rise residential to the east. Views from the site in these directions illustrate the commanding aspect of these outlooks. The area land uses and zonings are such that these views will be preserved well into the future.
As a project that will be targeted to retirees, vacation homeowners, and even families, the site has many services nearby. Directly adjacent to the south is a new shopping centre featuring a green grocer, meat market, restaurants, and other services. The lakefront area to the north features a variety of restaurant and recreational opportunities. The areas to the east and south have a multitude of highway commercial uses and downtown Penticton is a short drive or bus ride away, with bus service half a block away.
The project has a good variety of unit types with 31 townhouse type units and 187 highrise units in two 15 storey towers. The unit mix is approximately 33% one bedroom, 55% two bedrooms, and 12% three bedrooms. Parking is designed for 1.26 spaces per unit in two levels of parking that are incorporated into the building as partially underground (due to the water table). The parking structure is screened from the outside by ‘wrapping’ the site in townhouses, therefore producing a very positive edge to the project with doors and windows on the streets.
This project has been commented upon very favourably by both politicians and citizens alike, and is viewed as a template for design in the City, since the lead architects are the consultants who produced the City’s design guidelines. We are confident that The Ogopogo will become the most sought after multi-family residential address in the City. We look forward to the discussions with potential partners in this one of a kind project at the most important gateway to the City of Penticton.
All joint venture inquiries should contact Rod MacKay of Maude, MacKay and Company at 604-736-0181.