Sat. Aug 13th, 2022

Condos to highlight history

A condo development planned for the site of a burned Kelowna heritage home will pay homage to history with murals and by preserving a front bay window.

At a meeting July 12, Kelowna city council will consider development permits for an 84-unit, 5-storey project at the corner of Sadler Road and Highway 33 E.

The property is currently home to the Sproul House, a home on Kelowna’s heritage registry with disputed historical significance. It sustained major damage in a fire in October 2020, forcing a change to previous development plans that retained many features of the home.

“After careful consideration and consultation with a structural engineer and our heritage consultant, it was determined that our original plan for the heritage building is no longer viable due to the damage to the fabric of the building,” said Pacific West Architecture in a letter to council.

“However, since the western side was not as badly damaged, the original plan of preserving the prominent western bay window will be incorporated into the new design to commemorate and celebrate the Sproul Farm House,” Pacific West Architecture continued, adding the outside of the building will be adorned with murals of the heritage house.

The condo development will include bachelor, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom units and commercial space on the ground level.

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