Penticton city council has approved a rezoning to allow the Salvation Army to move into and consolidate its operations at an industrial building on Camrose Street.
Council unanimously passed the motion Tuesday evening, following a brief public hearing that saw supporters tout the good work the Sally Ann does in Penticton.
“I think it is safe to say, that the Salvation Army is at the very heart of our community. The Salvation Army is dedicated people, working with people,” Elvena Slump said.
The plan submitted to the city shows 14,000 square feet of floor space that will be split between a thrift store, donation drop-off locations, sorting and storing areas, a food bank “shopping” area and administrative offices. Those services are currently split between two separate locations.
The operator of an industrial business next door, Darrell Clark, spoke in support of the plan but urged the city to invest in infrastructure to support the increase in foot traffic to the area.
“Our company does send trucks with 60,000 pounds of steel down that road, there are trucks parked there, so we are going to have to take some extra care and some extra steps in this area to make sure that this works.”
The Camrose Street property most recently housed the printing presses and offices for the Penticton Western News.
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