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Saturday, December 03, 2022

Ambitious 3-tower development proposed for Kelowna’s North End – Kelowna News

3 more towers proposed

The City of Kelowna has received an application for a new massive three-tower development in the North End.

Proposal documents published by the city Tuesday from Safari Capital reveal plans for three highrises in the 600 block of Coronation Avenue at St. Paul Street.

The applicant is seeking to rezone 16 properties, currently single-family homes, to make way for the project consisting of more than 700 units of market rentals, condominiums and hotel suites.

The three towers are proposed to be 20, 27 and 30 storeys in height. The new zone sought by the developer has a maximum height of 12 storeys, so a variance is being sought.

“Increasing the allowable height, and thereby achieving higher density, will fully capitalize on the unique opportunity that this city block assembly presents, having a meaningful impact on the community for the long term,” the proposal documents state.

The plans say Safari Capital has already secured ownership of most of the 600 block of the south side of Coronation Avenue and have been building a local team over the past eight months to carry out the development.

“Very few large full-block sites remain available for redevelopment in the Downtown area. Tower sites are often constrained, and their ability to step and terrace the built form to transition heights into surrounding context is therefore limited,” says the proposal.

“With this site, we envision a collection of buildings that transition density down from the gateway corner at St. Paul Street down to the east. The proposed program for the property includes retail, office, hotel, strata condominium, and a significant proportion of secured, purpose-built market rental designed to cater to singles and students through to couples, families and possibly down-sizing locals.”

The plans have just been submitted to the city and it will likely be some time before they hit the desks of the council.

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