Bernard popular for housing

If a developer gets their way, there could be two multifamily buildings next to each other near the end of Bernard Avenue.

Novation Architecture has submitted rezoning and development permit applications to the City of Kelowna for a six-story, 51-unit rental building with two levels of parking at 1531 Bernard Ave. Last November, city council gave initial approval to the plan official community and zoning changes that would give way to a 150-unit building next door, at 1575 Bernard Avenue.

The property at 1531 Bernard currently houses the Abbey Field Society, which has 12 tenants and offers self-service breakfast and two home-cooked meals daily in what is described as a self-contained retirement community experience. The Orchard City Abbeyfield Society, according to Novation's application letter, will cease to exist for a number of reasons, including challenges with the Residential Tenancies Act.

“Situated in a well-established neighborhood, its strategic location positions it as an ideal candidate to increase density, aligning with Kelowna’s sustainability goals and long-term vision,” the application letter states.

The property is located west of the intersection of Bernard and Burtch Road. The building would consist of 24 two-bedroom units, 17 one-bedroom homes, four three-bedroom spaces and six bachelor apartments.

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