Conceptual plans are finally being revealed for what would be the largest redevelopment project in Kelowna’s history.
On Monday, city council will discuss the site of the former Tolko sawmill in north Kelowna. The company was permanently closed in 2020, ending nearly 100 years of logging at the lakeside site.
Since then, the area has been the subject of discussion as to what could become of this popular space, with most discussions focusing on housing and green space.
Documents available on the city’s website regarding the Plant Site Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) show several high-rise buildings comprising approximately 3,500 housing units, a portion of which is dedicated to affordable housing.
A conceptual drawing shows 15 skyscrapers as well as numerous lower-level buildings of three to six stories.
The area would also include about 350 low-impact units for seniors or student housing, as well as 225,000 square feet of commercial space.
The plant site includes the sawmill area and the adjacent BC Tree Fruits site. The total area of the site is approximately 43.5 acres or 17.6 hectares, while the proposed park areas cover 12.9 acres or 4.9 hectares.
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“The City of Kelowna has been working to develop a vision for the North End,” reads part of the document.
“The North End is one of Kelowna’s most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, and the North End Plan represents an important opportunity to create a dynamic and vibrant vision for the future of this neighborhood.
The conceptual plans are available in a report to the town hall, starting on page 245.
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