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City staff issued a building permit for a contentious six-unit residential project at 602 Lakeshore Dr. that is at the center of a lawsuit filed by a group of citizens.

Month-end data released by the city’s building department shows that the permit for the project, with a reported construction value of $5.7 million, was approved on August 30.

This brought the total value of building permits issued by city staff in the first eight months of 2022 to $159.8 million, putting the community on pace to surpass its annual record of $197.9 million. dollars reached in 2016 and 2017, although the figures are not indexed. to inflation.

The permit for 602 Lakeshore Dr. was the most expensive project approved by city staff in August. Next on the list was a $2 million permit for a new single-family home at 691 Vancouver Avenue.

Two units in the building planned for 602 Lakeshore Dr. are already up for sale online for up to $1.7 million. The property was rezoned by council in January, a decision that was challenged four months later by a new group called the Penticton Society for Transparent Governance and Responsible Development, which says the land is too small for the building.

In total, the city issued 560 permits, including approvals for 356 homes, in the first eight months of 2022, compared to 670 building permits and 414 homes a year ago.