Conservatory condo project has new life

There may be light at the end of the tunnel as a long-running Glenmore area development is once again being resurrected.

There may be light at the end of the tunnel as a long-running Glenmore area development is once again being resurrected.

This time, it appears even Kelowna council believes it could be true too. The Conservatory development at the corner of Glenmore Drive and Summit Drive has been given a new development permit to allow for a parking structure and an elevator shaft.

The building, once touted that it would be the tallest building in the city, complete with a multi-storey indoor waterfall and tropical plants in the lobby, was started in 2002 but soon ground to a halt.

A series of developers tried to resurrect the project and it has had a stop-start history ever since.

For several years the property stood vacant with a large hole in the ground that regularly filled with water. But the current developer has moved the project along and expects to open what is now being described as the first phase in the spring.

On Monday, council was told by planning staff that the building is now about 80 per cent complete and while it has been drastically scaled down from the original vision, the first phase will have 108 suites, up from the 99 slated for this latest incarnation.

Mayor Sharon Shepherd said she recently had a tour through the building and said she was impressed with the quality of the workmanship.

Future phases of the development have yet to be planned.


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