A new multi-family development is poised to take Kamloops to new heights.
Kamloops city council approved the development permit last month for City Gardens, a 525-unit multi-family project featuring two high-rise towers (24 storeys and 20 storeys), as well as four six-storey mid-rise buildings.
Developed by Kelson Group, the project site is located on Battle Street and Nicola Street, spanning more than three acres between Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue.
The development will contain a mix of market strata and rental units ranging from one to four bedrooms. Commercial space is planned for the ground floor of the two high-rise towers.
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City Gardens received the largest residential permit in Kamloops’ history, and its 24-storey tower would be double the height of the city’s current tallest building.
“We’ve had some good builds lately, but they’ve all been primarily public-sector builds,” said Kamloops mayor Ken Christian. “This is a private-sector development for $200 million, putting their money on the line because they have confidence in the Kamloops economy, and I suggest this is transformational in terms of downtown Kamloops.”
Prior to construction, the project requires the demolition of eight homes and relocation of 12 homes in the 400 blocks of Nicola and Battle streets.
Developers recently collaborated with Nickel Bros. House Moving to relocate the “Little Pink House” from 430 Nicola Street to a new location 45 kilometres north in McLure. Built in 1925, the 1,200-square-foot three-bedroom house attracted public interest for its historic ties to the community.
Chilliwack-based Station One Architects is the design firm behind the project, proposing an organic architectural style with curved edges in the buildings and throughout the site.
The buildings will be connected by an outdoor courtyard, containing playground equipment and a dog park, as well as a water feature and pedestrian bridge.
An underground parking structure will contain space for more than 800 vehicles, 306 bicycles, 68 scooters, and electric charging infrastructure for 32 parking spaces.
Kelson Group consulted with the public on the project in early 2021, initially proposing 22- and 18-storey towers before later increasing the height.
Construction on the underground parkade is set to begin in spring 2022, followed by the 24-storey tower, which aims to welcome tenants in spring 2025. Taking a phased approach, the project is slated for completion in 2028.