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Controversial 25-storey development approved in downtown Kelowna – Okanagan

After a public listening to Tuesday evening, Kelowna City Council permitted a top variance for the event at 350 Doyle Avenue.

When Wexford Improvement and Appelt Properties approached the Metropolis of Kelowna that they had a proposal for a 13-storey tower in Kelowna’s downtown core.

After the approval, builders sought neighborhood suggestions. The design was upped to 25 tales, a design Kelowna mayor Colin Basran says, higher fits town.

“This improvement takes it a step additional, in that it’s rental housing which we’d like in our neighborhood, desperately,” stated Basran.

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The up to date design options 5 ranges of parking, an artwork stroll and 259 rental flats.

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The choice sparked public backlash. The Kelowna Legacy Group raised questions concerning the deal’s transparency and ethics.

“We’re requesting that the Metropolis of Kelowna both reject the variance utility or defer the vote till after the following civic election,” stated Kelowna Legacy Group member, Les Bellamy.

Nonetheless, Basran says the method was accomplished actually.

“I recognize if there could also be considerations with the opposite proponents. We’ve at all times been clear by way of this whole course of concerning the modifications, the neighborhood session, so I’m snug with the place issues have ended up,” Basran stated.

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The group additionally had considerations relating to the brand new top, which deviates from town’s official neighborhood plan.

“An official neighborhood plan actually is only a guideline,” stated Basran. “It’s not set in stone, as a result of it units out a imaginative and prescient for the neighborhood for 20 years. However that doesn’t keep in mind for rising applied sciences or particular cases the place perhaps one thing distinctive does should be accomplished.”

Tuesday evening on the public listening to, metropolis council permitted the peak variance and rezoning in a six to 2 vote. Basran says he’s trying ahead to the way forward for the event.

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“The hope was for one thing round 13, 14 tales. We ended up with one thing so much bigger however on the finish of the day, with much more neighborhood profit and so much higher city design.”

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