Letter: Kelowna should welcome 180-storey highrise

Italian architect Luca Bari has designed a 180-storey highrise building…and is looking for a city in which to build it.

To the editor:

I recently read that Italian architect Luca Bari has designed a mammoth 180-storey highrise building that is 750 meters tall and has space for 25,000 people, and is looking for a city in which to build it.

I suggest that he construct it here in Kelowna as it is the perfect solution to many of Kelowna’s problems. Placed squarely in the downtown core, just think what it could do to revitalize the downtown and save land.

If “growing up, not out” is smart growth, surely this concept is brilliant.

The future residents would not use cars and would confine their trips to the downtown, just like the DKA has always wanted. Perhaps the sidewalks would have to be widened a bit, but not too much.

And just think of all those ‘eyes in the sky’ to fight crime.

Getting approval for this project should be no problem at all as Kelowna city council could work with the current zoning and just allow one height variance like it does in approving most highrises in the city.

Nifty idea, isn’t it? I think Mr. Bari has found a home for his futuristic project right here in Kelowna.

John Zeger, Kelowna

 

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