With 130 people homeless in Penticton, the creation of a new affordable housing complex on Main Street is a welcome addition.

By a vote of 5-2, Penticton City Council approved Tuesday a zoning amendment bylaw for the former Super 8 Motel property at 1706 Main Street.

BC Housing recently purchased the 54-unit motel which included an indoor swimming pool. The rooms will be converted into housing for those in need of mental health services, those suffering addictions and persons in a housing crisis.

The swimming pool area will be renovated and replaced with 16 emergency shelter beds with space for an additional 20 cold-weather emergency beds.