Penticton, B.C. - Construction has begun on the new Penticton Nissan auto dealership set to open December 2017 as the first business lease of the Penticton Indian Band's Satikw Crossing development properties.
The new dealership will boast a state-of-the-art, 17,000-square-foot facility with Nissan's New Image program. This program sets out Nissan's new exterior and interior design of its facilities.
More than 30 full-time jobs are expected to be created when complete, as well as 35 jobs during construction. Infrastructure work is also underway by the Penticton Indian Band to service the site and the Satikw Crossing development properties.
"Getting construction underway on Penticton Nissan is just the start. With new services and infrastructure in place, we know we can attract more businesses and developers to bring their projects here. This means more jobs and economic development for the entire south Okanagan region," said Lesley Gabriel, economic development officer with the Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation, in a statement.
Satikw Crossing includes more than 140 acres of prime development land adjacent to Highway 97 and the Penticton Regional Airport for residential, commercial, industrial and recreational uses.
The Penticton Indian Band, with the largest reserve lands in British Columbia, has seen a flurry of development activity over the past five years.
In addition to the Satikw Crossing Bridge and commercial development projects, the band has recently completed the construction of two major state-of-the-art community facilities – the Snxastwilxtn Health Centre and Outma Sqilx'w Cultural School – both valued at over $13 million. The new energy efficient facilities are powered by geothermal energy.
The Play Winery and vineyard also recently opened at the band's Skaha Hills development. The 550-acre resort-residential development overlooking Skaha Lake sold out its first two phases and will eventually see over 600 single-family and multi-family residences. Community amenities include vineyards, a winery, fitness centre with pool and hot tub and a network of walking and cycling trails.
In total, the band envisions more than $100 million in capital projects taking place on its lands within the next 10 years.