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Three-tower complex pitched for downtown Kelowna

Mission Group and the University of British Columbia Okanagan present proposals for a massive mixed-use complex that still requires city approvals

Kelowna's Mission Group has unveiled plans for its portion of a large three-tower downtown development on Doyle Avenue in the downtown.

The development, in partnership with University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) includes a 34-storey university campus and student housing building, along with the two new towers to be developed by Mission Group.

The towers, to the north of the university campus building, are proposed to include a 16-story commercial building and 30-storey residential tower.

They would be constructed above a shared underground and above grade parkade consisting of 461 stalls.

Along with residential and commercial space, the buildings would also be comprised of street level office and retail space.

The project is conceived as a “truly mixed-use live, work, play and shop development, combined with the rare contribution of learning and studying with the UBC component,” according to Mission Group.

In order to proceed, council will be required to approve a number of variances including one for height.

The property is presently zoned for heights of 12 storeys.

In late December 2021, UBCO submitted an application to the city to rezone the Doyle Avenue property from the current C7 zone to a Comprehensive Development Zone. They are also seeking a development permit for the mixed-use tower.

Overall design of the 34 storey tower will include approximately 390,000 square feet of space, featuring a medical clinic, commercial retail units, eight storeys for academic use, two storeys of office space and 24 storeys of student housing with 324 units.

The application is expected to reach city council in the coming months. UBCO has stated previously it hopes to begin construction by mid-2022.