The Silver Star Gateway development is under construction on Silver Star Road in Vernon. (Obala Realty illustration)

The Silver Star Gateway development is under construction on Silver Star Road in Vernon. (Obala Realty illustration)

Big city development underway in North Okanagan

Road widening, paving and pathway could disrupt traffic for weeks

All the earthwork taking place on Silver Star Road is making way for a major industrial development.

Groundwork for the Silver Star Gateway Business Park has been taking place on the artery road, off Pleasant Valley Road and across from Butcher Boys. The multi-million dollar project will be comprised of five buildings with 115,000 square feet of space in total: one nine-unit building for light industrial tenants (3-5,000 square foot spaces), a similar second larger building with more units and a third commercial/retail building.

“It’s a pretty exciting project,” Marco Oballa, developer with Oballa Realty, said. “There isn’t anything quite like this in Vernon.”

The development has also paved the way for a wider road, with a centre-left-turn lane along the stretch of Silver Star Road. It also makes way for a multi-use pathway, which the City of Vernon is planning to extend all the way up to Blackcomb Way in the Foothills.

Silver Star Gateway has been in the works for a couple years now and was driven by a shortage of industrial space.

“We found that there isn’t vacancy so we thought there an opportunity to fill a void,” said Oballa, a second generation member of the family business.

Oballa Realty has other industrial assets in Vernon, such as the Vernon Radiology building and industrial properties off Kosmina Road, and has been in the area for more than five years. The company, which has been around for 50 years, also has developments in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

Silver Star Gateway is inspired by some bigger city developments with higher ceilings, more efficient buildings and insulation-embedded concrete construction.

“It’s very similar to many other markets that are building this more professional, higher quality product in Kelowna or Vancouver,” said Oballa.

“Once the park is fully built out, when you’re coming up Silver Star Road it will look pretty cool.”

The professional business park offers a mix of options and tenancies with flexible zoning and is currently for lease.

Meanwhile construction has meant a lot of work on the busy road, including installation of a new water main. But with paving expected to take place in the coming weeks, the traffic delays should ease shortly after, and occupancy of the first building is hoped to be ready by the end of the year.

READ MORE: Silver Star Gateway development disrupts traffic

The project has also been building around a single-family residential lot, sticking out in the middle.

Oballa said dialogue is still open regarding purchasing the property but his focus is on completing the first phase of the project.

“It would be nice to have it included but it doesn’t have to be included,” Oballa, of Coquitlam, said.

Overall, the project is a big boost for Vernon, under construction despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a substantial project for Vernon,” Oballa said. “It’s a great spot to be in.”

READ MORE: Sausage factory fire sparks Okanagan history lesson


@VernonNews
jennifer@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Business and IndustrialCoronavirusdevelopment

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Big city development underway in North Okanagan

Just Posted

BC SPCA member seen in an undated photo. (BC SPCA photo)
Cat found dead along Hwy 33, BC SPCA seeking information

The domestic short-haired cat was found at a truck break-stop along Highway 33

#MaskUpChallenge.(Contributed)
Kelowna Community Helpers launch #MaskUpChallenge

The challenge was created to encourage the wearing of masks amid new B.C. restrictions

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Confirmed case of COVID-19 at Okanagan Mission Secondary

The infected individual is self-isolating at home

Jason Townsend, wearing his Kelowna prospect patches. (Jason Townsend Facebook photo)
Trial dates set for two alleged Kelowna Hells Angels associates

Jason Townsend and Colin Michael Bayley will each stand trial on separate matters in May 2021

RCMP Cpl. Cory Lepine pictured at BC Livestock Producers Co. in Kamloops, Nov. 16. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Meet B.C.’s only cowboy cop; a voice for the livestock industry

Cpl. Cory Lepine serves as a bridge between the law and those who make a living off the land

Kyle Charles poses for a photo in Edmonton on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Marvel Entertainment, the biggest comic book publisher in the world, hired the 34-year-old First Nations illustrator as one of the artists involved in Marvel Voice: Indigenous Voices #1 in August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
VIDEO: Indigenous illustrator of new Marvel comic hopes Aboriginal women feel inspired

Kyle Charles says Indigenous women around the world have reached out

B.C. Liberal MLA Shirley Bond questions NDP government ministers in the B.C. legislature, Feb. 19, 2020. (Hansard TV)
Cabinet veteran Shirley Bond chosen interim leader of B.C. Liberals

28-member opposition prepares for December legislature session

(The Canadian Press)
‘Electric blue’ fentanyl sparks drug alert in Vernon

Interior Health issues alert based on testing; no reports of overdoses linked to specific substance at this time

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, November 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-19: What do rising positivity rates mean for B.C.? It’s not entirely clear

Coronavirus cases are on the rise but the province has not unveiled clear thresholds for further measures

Two fibreglass bees were stolen from Vernon’s Planet Bee Honey Farm Nov. 22, 2020. (Facebook)
Thief buzzes off with bee sculptures from Vernon honey farm

Planet Bee lost two bee sculptures Sunday night

A rider carves a path on Yanks Peak Saturday, Nov. 21. Two men from Prince George went missing on the mountain the next day. One of them, Colin Jalbert, made it back after digging out his sled from four feet under the snow. The other, Mike Harbak, is still missing. Local search and rescue teams went out looking Monday, Nov. 23. (Sam Fait Photo)
‘I could still be the one out there’: Snowmobiler rescued, 1 missing on northern B.C. mountain

As Quesnel search and rescue teams search for the remaining rider, Colin Jalbert is resting at home

More than 70 anglers participated in the bar-fishing demonstration fishery on Sept. 9, 2020 on the Fraser River near Chilliwack. DFO officers ticketed six people and seized four rods. A court date is set for Dec. 1, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Anglers ticketed in Fraser River demonstration fishery heading to court

Sportfishing groups started a GoFundMe with almost $20K so far for legal defence of six anglers

Care home staff are diligent about wearing personal protective equipment when they are in contact with residents, but less so when they interact with other staff members, B.C. Seniors Advocate says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
More COVID-19 testing needed for senior home staff, B.C.’s advocate says

Employees mingling spotted as virus conductor in many workplaces

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Most Read