Now that the Rustic Reel craft brewery is up and running in Kelowna, the owner of that building wants to redevelop a nearby old warehouse, possibly with a pub offering more than 100 seats.
Rustic Reel is the most recent brew pub to open in what's becoming a brewery district in the industrial North End of downtown Kelowna.
Located on 760 Vaughan Ave., the property is about 3.5 acres and has three buildings.
The first building, which was a garage for a trucking company, was renovated and leased to Susi Foerg who created the Rustic Reel brewery that opened last summer.
The building owner wants to amend the existing zone so he can renovate the warehouse and add in other uses.
“Plans for the building are still being formalized, and the applicant is pursuing partnerships with local entrepreneurs to refine this project further,” states a report going to Kelowna city council on Monday, Jan. 20. “The intention is to create a space that offers food and liquor service and entertainment uses such as movie screenings and potentially live music.”
The applicant, listed as Alec Warrender, manager of development for Faction Projects Inc., also wants to allow things like high technology research and production design, small retail stores, “spectator entertainment establishments” and more.
Those changes would apply to the whole site, not just the former warehouse building.
If approved, the next phase of development will be to renovate the warehouse, which dates back to the 1950s.
“The most valuable and impressive part of the building is the exposed interior wooden roof structure that truly makes it special and worthy of rehabilitation,” Warrender wrote in a letter accompanying the application, noting he is renovating historic buildings rather than tearing them down.
A further phase of development will include a new building with commercial and light industrial uses.
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