Developer must save tree

A heritage tree will have a prominent place within a new condo development near downtown Kelowna.

City council gave initial approval for the rezoning of the property at 1730 Ethel St. for construction of a four-storey, 26-unit condo building.

To proceed, the developer will have to enter into a tree protection covenant for a mature copper beech tree located on the property.

The tree is a registered heritage tree. It's more than 100 feet tall.

"The planning department will require an arborist report to be completed, which will include a series of recommendations on how to best protect the tree," said planner Terry Barton.

He says requirements of the report will be included as part of the development permit for tree protection during construction.

"The proposed building has been designed to embrace and highlight the tree within the development."

The development will now be forwarded to a public hearing.

City council also said yes to a 93-unit apartment complex that fronts on both Leon and Harvey avenues.

The development, next to The Dorchester, will merge two orphaned properties on Harvey and four lots facing onto Leon. It would include a two-storey podium with four-storeys above and a two-storey parkade behind.

Planner Ryan Smith says the project will add more rental housing units, which the city currently needs.

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