A 46-storey tower development proposed for downtown Kelowna

46-storey tower proposed

A new candidate for tallest building in Kelowna is being proposed for downtown Kelowna.

The 46-storey mixed-use development dubbed "2020", is planned for Bertram Street, just north of Bernard Avenue.

It is also around the corner from the Brooklyn on Bernard project.

Plans for the development were submitted to the city's planning department Thursday by New Town Architectures.

In its introduction, New Town says the project will provide an approach to downtown living not currently available in Kelowna.

"The difference is the target market includes the "missing middle," as well as our most modest income members of our city," information provided to the city explains.

"The second difference is, we will be asking for one-quarter of the building to be zoned under the new "rental only" category of the downtown C7 land use zone."

It would also include co-living homes for up to six residents, ideal the designer says, for students, seniors and those "like-minded" friends who choose to live together as an affordable housing option.

Initial plans include ground floor retail and office space, four storeys of internal parking, and 40 storeys of rental and market housing.

Plans also show a landscaped podium terrace as well as a rooftop amenity and lounging area.

An amenity concourse would include daycare, meetings rooms, library, games room and fitness centre.

Ten floors would include 70 rental units including studio, one and two bedrooms plus larger co-living homes, while the top 30 floors would feature for sale homes, 54 of which would be three bedroom units.

To promote alternate transportation, the proposal includes 400 long-term bike parking spaces plus bike wash and repair stations, as well as six car share vehicles.

In order to go ahead, council would have to approve a height variance from the present 12 storeys and 26 metres to 46 storeys and 141 metres

The proposal likely won't reach city council until later in the year.

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