Kelowna - 1451 and 1469 Bertram Street

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Overview

BC Housing is planning for the redevelopment of 1451 and 1469 Bertram Street, in downtown Kelowna. The focus of the redevelopment is to create urgently needed new affordable non-market and market rental housing for seniors, couples, individuals and families. No supportive housing would be built on this site.

Community Feedback

In September 2020, BC Housing introduced the overall redevelopment plan and preliminary design concepts for 1451 and 1469 Bertram Street in Kelowna. The surrounding neighbourhood and organizations representing Kelowna’s downtown were invited to provide feedback on the ideas presented.

Based on what we heard, we have revised the plan to include:

  • Fewer units total, but more units for families
  • Focus on environmental elements such as energy efficiency features, electric vehicle charging and car share options
  • Special attention to working with neighbours on landscaping, fencing and privacy screening

The proposal continues to include a range of architectural and landscaping elements that ensure the redevelopment retains a residential feel and fits within this downtown neighbourhood and the surrounding City Centre.

The Bertram Redevelopment Brochure provides more detail about the follow-up redevelopment plan and proposed design. It also outlines the development approval process BC Housing will pursue with the City of Kelowna.

For updates on the development approval process please refer to the City of Kelowna’s current developments webpage at: https://www.kelowna.ca/homes-building/property-development/current-developments.

Project Details

The following features are central to the plan:

  • Approximately 14 affordable rental townhomes
  • Approximately 162 rental apartments
  • Daycare and play area
  • Housing for people with disabilities

Design priorities include a design that fits within the neighbourhood, apartment spacing away from neighbours, a green approach, parking and vehicle management, climate change mitigation, and construction waste management.

Please send any questions and comments on this project to communityrelations@bchousing.org.





Preliminary Image Only – Subject to Change

Overview

BC Housing is planning for the redevelopment of 1451 and 1469 Bertram Street, in downtown Kelowna. The focus of the redevelopment is to create urgently needed new affordable non-market and market rental housing for seniors, couples, individuals and families. No supportive housing would be built on this site.

Community Feedback

In September 2020, BC Housing introduced the overall redevelopment plan and preliminary design concepts for 1451 and 1469 Bertram Street in Kelowna. The surrounding neighbourhood and organizations representing Kelowna’s downtown were invited to provide feedback on the ideas presented.

Based on what we heard, we have revised the plan to include:

  • Fewer units total, but more units for families
  • Focus on environmental elements such as energy efficiency features, electric vehicle charging and car share options
  • Special attention to working with neighbours on landscaping, fencing and privacy screening

The proposal continues to include a range of architectural and landscaping elements that ensure the redevelopment retains a residential feel and fits within this downtown neighbourhood and the surrounding City Centre.

The Bertram Redevelopment Brochure provides more detail about the follow-up redevelopment plan and proposed design. It also outlines the development approval process BC Housing will pursue with the City of Kelowna.

For updates on the development approval process please refer to the City of Kelowna’s current developments webpage at: https://www.kelowna.ca/homes-building/property-development/current-developments.

Project Details

The following features are central to the plan:

  • Approximately 14 affordable rental townhomes
  • Approximately 162 rental apartments
  • Daycare and play area
  • Housing for people with disabilities

Design priorities include a design that fits within the neighbourhood, apartment spacing away from neighbours, a green approach, parking and vehicle management, climate change mitigation, and construction waste management.

Please send any questions and comments on this project to communityrelations@bchousing.org.





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  • I have read over your proposal of affordable housing. I am very interested, as I lived in the Flemish street area for 20 yeArs and raising a family. I have now live in West Kelowna for the past 10 years. I would love to live back in the downtown but being a senior, on a limited income has made that impossible. How do we apply. Since the pandemic we are living at the coast with family, and did not see community feedback questionnaire.

    Vicki asked 5 months ago

    Hello Vicki, 

    At this time, the 1451 and 1469 Bertram Street development is not accepting rental applications. The project construction start date has not been determined yet but will likely not start until late 2021/early 2022.  

      We will continue to post development updates, however, you can view this site to search housing listings in a specific area: https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/rental-housing/housing-listings      

     In addition, please check out the BC Housing registry which provides a centralized database of applicant information to non-profit and co-operative providers of affordable housing: https://www.bchousing.org/projects-partners/housing-provider-info/housing-registry. Through our Seniors Housing Fund, we fund more than 10,410 assisted living and supportive seniors’ units to help seniors remain in their communities, close to family and friends.

    For more assistance with housing applications, please contact 

    Applicant Services at 1-800-257-7756 (toll-free). 

  • Will you consider having retail on the bottom? This would help animate the area and also meet some of the demand for restaurants when adding hundreds of residents.

    Bruce asked 5 months ago

    Hi Bruce,  

    Thank you for your email and your suggestion on our design plans.  We will share this information with the design team for consideration. 

    If you haven't already, please review the design planning brochure (https://letstalkhousingbc.ca/16151/widgets/65119/documents/39368). 

    We appreciate your engagement in this process. 

  • Hello, How tall will the building really be when finished? If I do the math on page 5 and 7 of the brochure, I count 3 Story Parkade + 7 Story Portion + 20 Story Apartment which adds up to a 30 story high building. I think it is kind of an overkill considering which is destroying the unique character of Bertram Street. Looking forward to hear from you. Regards Juergen Grau, 1450 Bertram Street

    Juergen G. asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question Juergen. As outlined in the video here the seven story sections are beside the large tower. The parkades will be underground thus making the highest portion 20 stories.  

    Please review the design planning brochure for more information: https://letstalkhousingbc.ca/16151/widgets/65119/documents/39368