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Proposed $140M development would change the face of downtown Kamloops

An artists' rendering of the Kelson Group's proposed development for downtown Kamloops called City Gardens.
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New details of a massive residential development proposed for downtown Kamloops have been released. 

Plans are taking shape for Kelson Group's City Gardens, the downtown development set to be built on Nicola and Battle Streets.

The $140 million development will have a 22-storey and an 18-storey tower, three four to five-storey apartment buildings, and six townhomes, according to a Kelson Group media release.

The current design concept has 445,000 square feet of residential space for over 435 units.

The first stage of construction is estimated to begin in spring 2022 and the entire project is expected to take six to seven years to complete. The property was first purchased by Kelson Group in 2017.

Kelson Group is discussing the purchase of a portion of Nicola Street and a laneway between Nicola and Battle Streets. Some older houses would have to be removed. 

"Some of the buildings in the area we need to remove have some character aspects to them," Ron Fawcett, Kelson Group founder and executive director said in the release.  "We will work to ensure some of the unique elements of these buildings can be used in our new builds."

He added Kelson Group will be looking for community feedback on further creative solutions, and is consulting directly with current Nicola and Battle Street residents to ensure they have time to make alternative housing arrangements. 

Other planned features for the development include up to 600 underground parking stalls, social gathering spaces like outdoor kitchens, lounge seating, and workout stations, an amphitheatre, gardens and parks.

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