A new chicken joint and an auto service centre may soon be joining the Osoyoos community’s business offerings.

Council Tuesday reviewed two applications from Century 21 Development Group to add both a KFC franchise and a Great Canadian Oil Change and car wash service centre to the Gateway Plaza property at the west end of Main Street.

Council provided support for a development permit for the KFC location. A public hearing to discuss zoning issues for the car wash/oil change was set for Sept. 17.

The proposed automated car wash/oil change building would be located between the existing Your Dollar Store with More and the Plaza entrance on Hwy. 3/Main Street.

The location is currently vacant, and unpaved. Four staff parking stalls would be provided in accordance with Zoning Bylaw parking requirement.

 

Across the Plaza, a 16-seat KFC would be about 1,550 sq. ft. in size. A drive-thru pick-up window would be situated on the rear side of the building, with an existing median relocated to accommodate the restaurant development.

Council raised a couple of concerns about the location of the new franchise.

Coun. CJ Rhodes wondered if existing tenants had any concerns about the loss of parking with the addition of two new buildings — one of which would be situated on spaces reserved for parking.

“There’s been no concerns to date expressed by any of the existing tenants, replied Gina MacKay, the Town’s Director of Planning and Development Services. “It’s been brought to our attention by the applicant that there are a number of people who park there who work across the street.

“There’s no specific parking stalls anywhere in the parking lot. People park wherever.”

Mayor Sue McKortoff also expressed concern the building might affectInterior Savings Credit Union’ drive-through service. Ms. MacKay responded the applicant addressed that concern by reducing the proposed building’s footprint.

“The building was actually shrunk down considerably during discussion,” she said.

The Town’s Planning Department encouraged approval of both projects.

The Plaza is currently home to Buy-Low Foods, The Source, Your Dollar Store With More and Interior Savings Credit Union.

Adjacent to the property are 7-Eleven and A&W franchises.

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