Kelowna council endorses Central Green master plan

Developers anxious to begin residential construction for city's idea of a forward-thinking, sustainable neighbourhood concept.

  • Nov. 4, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Al Stober Construction and Mission Group Homes have received the green light from Kelowna city council  following a public hearing Tuesday night to begin development of the Central Green residential project.

“We’re excited to begin development of Central Green and support the inspired green living it embodies,” said Jonathan Friesen, CEO of Mission Group Enterprises.

“Our first homeowners will live park-side in green buildings, where they can make a positive impact on the environment and enjoy a sustainable community where everything’s within reach.”

Central Green will be Kelowna’s first neighbourhood to be certified in Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED-ND) and is designed as pedestrian-oriented community. Each building within the new master-planned community will be built to a LEED standard.

The first of those green buildings will be a four-storey condominium building, entitled Central Green I. The new residences will be built at the park’s edge along the Richter Street, designated as parcel C of the master plan. Mission Group has submitted a development permit application to the city for this first condominium building.

“We’re excited to transform this key location into the new hub of Kelowna,” said  Friesen. “The location is close to beaches, shopping, dining, and endless outdoor recreational activities.”

The pedestrian-oriented community is served by rapid bus transit and connected to the city’s existing cycling network. Long- term plans call for a pedestrian overpass over Harvey Avenue to connect the site to downtown.

Overall, the master plan calls for two towers developed near Harvey Avenue, surrounded by four-to-six storey buildings with a mix of rental housing, offices and commercial spaces. Along Rowcliffe Community Park, Mission Group Homes will develop three condominium homes residences: Central Green I, II and III.

Between 2007 and 2012, the City of Kelowna led a major planning exercise to determine the redevelopment of the former Kelowna Secondary School vacant land parcel.

“Mission Group Homes has worked extensively with the City planning department to ensure the vision for a sustainable community is met—and the goals for affordable housing, LEED certification, 40 per cent parkland and a vibrant community of multi-family homes and small shops,” said Friesen.

Those interested in living in the new community can find out more at newhubofkelowna.com

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