B.C. Housing has purchased the former Motel Super 8 in Penticton, with plans of turning it into housing for those in need of mental health and addictions services and others in housing crisis.

The conversion of the 54-unit motel has been a bit of an open secret within the city, but was finally confirmed this week with a rezoning application for Tuesday’s council meeting.

The property will also be the new home for the city’s homeless and emergency weather response shelters, which are currently operating at Compass House in the downtown.

“The facility will be run by the Penticton and District Society for Community Living in partnership with Interior Health, who will be managing the units intended for persons with mental health issues and the Salvation Army, who will be operating the emergency shelter and emergency weather shelter,” a City of Penticton staff report reads.