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Proposed high-rise vying to become Kelowna's tallest building

Another day, another tower proposed for Kelowna.

Earlier this week, council approved a 42-storey tower that, if built, will be the tallest building in the city.

Planners have since received a brand new application for a 46-storey tower at 1464 to1476 Bertram Street.

Dubbed "2020" the building would sit next to the three Bernard Block towers currently under construction.

<who> Photo Credit: New Town Architecture.

According to an application submitted to the City of Kelowna, the first 10-storeys of the tower would feature 70 permanent rental units.

The upper 30-storeys would be residential units, 54 of which are proposed to be three bedroom units, with the remaining suites on these levels being a variety of studios, one bedroom and two bedrooms.

Plans also call for retail and office spaces along Bertram Street as well as a daycare for 50 children.

<who> Photo Credit: New Town Architecture.

<who> Photo Credit: New Town Architecture.

A unique aspect of the project are the several proposed "co-living" homes throughout the building.

"These homes have independent bed/sitting rooms with a private bath along with common living and dining/kitchen as interactive spaces," states the application.

"This type of housing is attractive to students, seniors, and other like-minded friends that choose to live together as an affordable and desirable housing option."

<who> Photo Credit: New Town Architecture.

With 276 homes proposed, city regulations call for a minimum of 304 parking stalls.

However, developers are hoping to reduce that to 270 stalls by providing six ride-sharing vehicles and over 400 bike storage spaces.

The stalls would be located in a parkade situated above the street level retail spaces and below the building's podium.

<who> Photo Credit: New Town Architecture.

With the site's current zoning only permitting 12-storeys, the project will require a rezoning application that will trigger a public hearing.

It will likely be months before council first considers the project.

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