BC Housing has announced plans to redevelop 1451 Bertram Street, an empty lot in downtown Kelowna into a 20-storey apartment tower flanked by several townhomes. This announcement was by BC Housing on its official website.

“The focus is to create urgently needed non-market and market rental housing for seniors, couples, individuals, and families,” said BC Housing. “No supportive housing will be built on the site.”

According to BC Housing, the City of Kelowna approved the redevelopment plan in October 2021.

The plan includes 14 rental townhomes, 162 apartments, a daycare and play area, plus housing for people with disabilities.

“These approvals followed a series of project revisions that included changes to incorporate community feedback and input from city staff,” said BC Housing.

This month, BC Housing says it will resubmit its plan to extend the approval timeline. After that, it will then have two years to begin construction.

The resubmission will also ask for additional variances, including the size of some visitor parking stalls.

“It is estimated that a building permit could be approved in 2024 and that construction could begin in mid-2025,” said BC Housing.

“Previous zoning and subdivision approvals do not expire and do not require a new application at this time.”

Source: Global News