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Proposed mixed-use building in Rutland to commemorate former heritage house

During next week’s council meeting, Kelowna City Council will be considering a proposed mixed-use development located at 145 Sadler Road in Rutland.

On Tuesday, Kelowna Council could give final adoption of the rezoning, approve the development variance permit (DVP) and issue the development permit.

The developer is proposing a five-storey, mixed-use condo building that would include 84 residential units and two commercial units.

Eighty-six parking stalls would be provided in two levels of structure parking.There would be one level below grade while the rest would be on the ground floor behind the commercial spaces.

According to city staff’s report, the DVP is to vary the maximum height, yard setback and setbacks for a portion of the building and commercial space.

An interesting aspect of this development will include a mural of the former heritage building that was located on the lot.<who> Photo Credit: City of Kelowna staff report

According to a heritage assessment done in 2018, Sam Sproul had the farmhouse constructed in 1906 by M. J. Curts, a prominent builder at the time.

Sam and his brother Robert were early pioneers of that area of Rutland. The Sproul Farmhouse was built for Sam’s daughter Lillian.

The developer was originally planning to incorporate the heritage house into the proposed development. Those plans were approved in December 2019.

However, the farmhouse was damaged beyond repair by a fire in October 2020 and was subsequently removed from the city’s heritage registry.

Following the fire, the developers had to re-design and re-submit applications.

Their new plan is to include a wall mural, interpretive panels and build the former house’s bay window into the new building’s frontage.

Kelowna City Council is expected to issue the development permits during the Tuesday council meeting scheduled for 6:30 pm on July 12.

Although this application is not part of the public hearing for July 12, the mayor will be inviting members of the public who believe they are affected by the variances to come forward to speak to council members.

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This article was updated at 9 am, July 5 to include additional information about the history of the former heritage house and parking availability.


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