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Another highrise proposed for downtown Kelowna but this one is affordable housing

This is a rendering of a proposed 20-storey affordable housing project in downtown Kelowna.
Image Credit: Submitted/City of Kelowna
February 18, 2021 - 10:44 AM

In just over a month, there have been three highrises totalling 107 storeys proposed on a city block in downtown Kelowna between Bernard and Doyle Avenues.

The latest building proposed by B.C. Housing, at 20 storeys, isn't that tall when compared to the other two proposed highrises that would be over 40 storeys tall. Still, B.C. Housing proposal is is for six more storeys than allowed in the C7 zone.

It will replace two houses at 1451 and 1469 Bertram Street and will be on the east side of Bertram Street, across from a proposed 46-storey tower and the three Bernard Block towers, one of which is now under construction.

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

Just down the street, at the corner of Doyle Avenue and St. Paul Street, an application was made earlier this week for a 41-storey tower.

Three towers are planned on the other side of Doyle Avenue for a downtown UBC Okanagan campus.

What makes the new B.C. Housing project different is that it will be affordable and accessible housing.

READ MORE: Third 40-plus storey tower proposed for downtown Kelowna

“This redevelopment will benefit local medium and low-income seniors, couples, individuals and families who face significant challenges in meeting their housing and childcare needs,” a letter accompanying the rezoning application states.

It’s proposed to have 162 apartments, 14 townhouses and a daycare.

Eleven per cent of the housing units will be wheelchair accessible, which is more than double the B.C. Housing standard of five per cent.

READ MORE: UBCO to break ground on downtown Kelowna campus in 2022

It will also have a community garden on the parking podium.

Because it qualifies for a parking bonus as a rental unit, it will provide 156 parking stalls for the 176 units instead of the 194 that would otherwise be required. B.C. Housing will also look into providing a car share service.

The proposal will have to go to a public hearing for the rezoning. It will also need city council approval if the height is to be varied.

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