Penticton – Skaha Assembly Redevelopment

Street view of entrance of a former motel. Red and white exterior with brick façade. Glass door with landscaping along sidewalk.


To address the need for more and better affordable housing for seniors, families, singles and the workforce in Penticton, BC Housing has purchased the Meadowlark, Sun Valley and Mayfair motels on Skaha Lake Road. These motels currently provide 57 people with affordable homes. BC Housing will take over these leases so that current tenants are not displaced.

BC Housing has operated the Skaha Sunrise Apartments, which are adjacent to the motels, as affordable housing for people with low incomes and who are at risk of homelessness since 2009.

The motels and apartment buildings are old and need extensive and ongoing repairs. BC Housing has decided to invest in redeveloping the properties with new buildings.

Community Feedback

We are early in the planning process, but BC Housing is committed to keeping the community involved and informed during the redevelopment. In the coming months, we will be hiring consultants and assembling a team to create a redevelopment plan. We will also be developing a plan to connect with current residents, neighbours, businesses, and the community at large.

We will provide more updates on progress as we move forward. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments about the plan for the Skaha Lake Road properties, please use the Q&A below.


To address the need for more and better affordable housing for seniors, families, singles and the workforce in Penticton, BC Housing has purchased the Meadowlark, Sun Valley and Mayfair motels on Skaha Lake Road. These motels currently provide 57 people with affordable homes. BC Housing will take over these leases so that current tenants are not displaced.

BC Housing has operated the Skaha Sunrise Apartments, which are adjacent to the motels, as affordable housing for people with low incomes and who are at risk of homelessness since 2009.

The motels and apartment buildings are old and need extensive and ongoing repairs. BC Housing has decided to invest in redeveloping the properties with new buildings.

Community Feedback

We are early in the planning process, but BC Housing is committed to keeping the community involved and informed during the redevelopment. In the coming months, we will be hiring consultants and assembling a team to create a redevelopment plan. We will also be developing a plan to connect with current residents, neighbours, businesses, and the community at large.

We will provide more updates on progress as we move forward. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments about the plan for the Skaha Lake Road properties, please use the Q&A below.

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  • How does BC Housing plan to help the people needing assistance transition out of low-income properties and become contributing members of Penticton?

    AdamS asked 16 days ago

    Both the current homes and the eventual redeveloped housing will be for people with low incomes in Penticton as there is a strong need for more affordable housing in the community. These are people already living and working in the community. They include seniors, people with disabilities, people who have employment but no housing - they are as varied as any other neighbour.

    Current tenants will remain in their homes and supports will not be offered on-site. We want to ensure people can continue to live and thrive in the community. 

    To assist the tenants with the recent acquisition, property management will stay the same for approximately six months to minimize disruption for tenants in day-to-day expectations.   

    During that time, BC Housing will assess individual residents and they will continue to pay low end of market rates.

    Everyone deserves safe and affordable housing.

  • May 27, 2021: Currently, how many affordable housing units are in Penticton. Please provide the breakdown of each site, including location, the number of units at each site, any age restrictions, or family dynamic. What is the maximum income allowed to apply for affordable housing?

    Debbie Lou Mulligan asked 16 days ago

    The Province, through BC Housing, has purchased three motels in Penticton as part of a proposed redevelopment plan to preserve and revitalize 105 much-needed affordable homes for people with low incomes in the community. 

    In the past two years in Penticton, we have opened approximately 173 additional homes, including: 

    Affordable Rentals 

        Bruce Court Apartments (Aug 2019) – 10 apartments + 5 bed group home for seniors and people with disabilities (180 Industrial / 150 Bruce Court) 

        Backstreet Apartments (July 2019) – 40 affordable rentals for families and individuals with moderate incomes (259 Backstreet Blvd) 

        The Rise (Oct 2019) – 56 affordable rentals for families, seniors, singles and people with disabilities (285 Nanaimo St) 

    Women’s Transition Housing – 2 projects – confidential for the safety and security of women & children. 

    Supportive Housing 

        Burdock House (Oct 2019) – 62 studio homes with supports for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness (594 Winnipeg)  

        Fairhaven (2016) – 41 studio homes with supports for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness 

        Compass Court (May 2019) – 20 homes with supports for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness (1706 Main Street)  

        Compass Place (Summer 2021) – Supportive housing for 12 people with lower support needs 

    Shelters 

        Compass House – The Shelter provides 30 shelter beds 

        COVID shelter – The shelter at 352 Winnipeg Street provides 42 beds. 

    More supports are needed. Within 48 hours of opening, the new shelter at 352 Winnipeg Street was at capacity and has been at capacity since.

  • Will there be government employees monitoring the places?

    BCHousing asked 16 days ago

    Both the current homes and the eventual redeveloped housing will be for people with low incomes in Penticton. 

    To be clear, this is affordable housing, not supportive housing. No supports will be offered to tenants on-site. 

    People with low incomes have been living in these buildings for years and they will continue to do so.

  • Is PDSCL going to be managing this complex too? I think they reached a saturation point as to the number of places they can operate

    canuck600 asked 16 days ago

    BC Housing will operate the motels and make minor renovations to the sites to preserve affordable housing in the short-term.