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Another high-rise proposed for downtown Kelowna, this one is 46-storeys high

Artist's rendering of the proposed 46-storey 2020 high-rise
Image Credit: Submitted/City o Kelowna
January 15, 2021 - 8:37 AM

Just two days after Kelowna city council approved three high-rise buildings on Leon Avenue, one of which would reach 42 storeys into the sky, the City has received an application for a 46-storey tower downtown.

The new tower, at 1464 to1476 Bertram Street, is proposed by New Town Architecture and called 2020, according to a application posted to the City's website. It will be next to the Bernard Block towers currently under construction with three towers of 17, 26 and 33 storeys each.

“2020 is a high-rise unlike any other in Kelowna,” the application states. “The vertical integration of housing for a variety of modest income families is blended with conventional market apartments, rental apartments and co-living homes.”

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It’s unique because 10 storeys of the tower are proposed to be locked in as 70 rental units suitable for people with modest incomes, the application states.

Throughout the building, “co-living” units will be offered where up to six people can live with private bedrooms and bathrooms but with shared kitchens and common areas, ideally suited to groups of friends, seniors or students, the application states.

The present zoning allows for only 12 storeys so a height variance is needed.

The plans call for commercial spaces along Bertram Street and a daycare for 50 children.

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There are 276 homes proposed.

The current rules call for 304 parking stalls for residents, visitors and the commercial spaces.

The developer is proposing to cut that to 270 by providing six ride sharing vehicles and increased bike storage, arguing that downtown residents are less likely to own vehicles.

On Tuesday, city council approved Water Street by the Park, which is made up of three towers, the tallest being 42 storeys which, when built, will be the tallest tower in Kelowna unless, of course, 2020 is built first.

This is the tower with the Bernard Block high-rises in the background.
This is the tower with the Bernard Block high-rises in the background.
Image Credit: Submitted/City o Kelowna

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