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Urban life at new heights

Two reputable forces in the local and regional development scene have come together to make their mark on the Kelowna skyline, taking a property that has for years been an eyesore and transforming it into “something beautiful and iconic.”

With their groundbreaking ONE Water Street development, the North American Development Group and Kerkhoff Construction will give residents the opportunity to embrace the burgeoning “Okanagan Urban” lifestyle, in a trendsetting downtown home.

NADG is known for bringing the McKinley Beach development to Kelowna. Meanwhile, Kerkhoff Construction developed and built the nearly sold out highrise at 1151 Sunset Drive.

Both hope to surpass their previous success with a truly iconic project.

“Kelowna has experienced exceptional growth in the recent years. As the city expands, we believe we should be looking to the sky, growing upwards rather than outwards. ONE Water Street will cut a striking skyline, while providing quality homes in the heart of Kelowna’s downtown,” says Henry Bereznicki, a managing partner at NADG.

ONE Water Street’s two towers will be the tallest between Metro Vancouver and Calgary, cutting a dizzying 36 and 29 storey silhouette against the Kelowna skyline.

Inspired by some of the most sought-after multi-story residences in major cities, the towers are designed by internationally renowned Kasian Architecture, which made them strikingly slim to preserve their neighbours’ views.

Recognized by New York’s Interior Design Magazine as one of the top 100 firms in the world, the firm is famous for creating iconic buildings like the National Music Centre in Calgary, and the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre in Surrey.

“Our aim is to create place for residents and citizens alike that will be distinctive and beautiful, something that stands out among downtown Kelowna’s skyline and enhances it,” President Don Kasian says. “We believe this design will create an iconic element to the skyline while preserving the views that are loved by locals and visitors.”

Once fully complete, ONE Water Street will boast more than 400 homes, from studio apartments to penthouses and street-level units.

The iconic towers will sit atop a four-storey “podium,” featuring a 559-car parkade wrapped by commercial, retail, and restaurant space, rendering it invisible from the street.

Level four will feature “The Bench,” an exclusive amenity space inspired by outdoor living at vineyard resorts. The community area will include an outdoor patio—with tables and couches for dining and entertainment—as well as swimming pools, hot tubs, a fitness facility, dog park, fire pits and other amenities.

Sitting in the centre of Kelowna, nearly a stone’s throw from the lake and the downtown core, ONE Water Street is expected to be a trendsetter for future developments in the region, as young people, families and retirees flock to buy a home in it.

The project still needs final approval from Kelowna City Council, but if approved, pre-sales for the 200-unit, 36-storey first phase high-rise are expected to begin in September.

For the latest information on ONE Water street, visit the project online, where you can sign up to be the first to learn the latest developments.

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