BERNARD BLOCK

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Mission Group’s Bernard Block to include Class A office tower

Development permit application proposes 13-storey office and 33-storey residential towers

 

February 27, 2019, Kelowna, BC – Mission Group is pleased to announce new details of its Bernard Block master planned community in downtown Kelowna.

Earlier this week, Mission Group submitted its development permit application for the next phase of Bernard Block to the City of Kelowna Urban Planning Department.

The application includes plans for a 13-storey Class A commercial office tower and 33-storey residential tower on the 500 block of Bernard Avenue between St. Paul and Bertram Street. The proposed towers would be built adjacent to the 25-storey Brooklyn at Bernard Block tower that was approved by City Council in August 2018.

Situated in the prime central business district, the commercial office tower is positioned to attract premier tenants to Kelowna. It will contain approximately 80,000 square feet of office space, supported by over 18,000 square feet of Bernard Avenue storefront retail.

The proposed residential tower will feature 217 homes, offering lake views and access to multiple indoor and outdoor amenity spaces.

“Bernard Block is set to become a cornerstone and gateway to our evolving city centre,” says Lisa Lock, vice president, development, Mission Group. “With excitement and energy building through the tech industry and entrepreneurship, the downtown core has become a sought-after destination for business and residents alike. Companies of all sizes are attracted by the amenities that only downtown can offer and we are excited to bring Class A office space into the historic Bernard District.”

The newly proposed towers feature distinctive architecture and podiums, and the overall design of Bernard Block builds on themes from the city’s $14 million Bernard Avenue streetscape project.

“Rich with regional and cultural influence, this will be a visually unique design never before seen in the Kelowna skyline,” adds Lock.

With the permitting process now underway, Mission Group will seek approvals from Council later this year. Construction of the office tower is planned for early 2020, with completion and tenant possession projected for late 2021.

According to Colliers International’s Thompson Okanagan Office Market report for the fourth quarter of 2018, Kelowna’s office vacancy rate is 4.8%, down from 6.8% in the second quarter of 2018.

Construction of Brooklyn at Bernard Block, the first phase of Mission Group’s Bernard Block master planned community, is scheduled to commence this March. Brooklyn features 178 one and two-bedroom homes and is currently 70% sold.

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