What is the timeline for this project?
City Gardens will be submitting for a development permit with the City of Kamloops mid to late April 2021. If we receive approval to move forward, our plans are to start removing current structures on the site of the City Gardens development in Fall 2021 and to begin construction on the development’s three level parkade in Spring 2022. At this time, we expect to build the 22 storey tower first and construction of it would start in Spring 2023 with a two year timeframe to complete it bringing us to occupancy in Spring 2025. The timelines for the other buildings are not yet determined and will depend on market demand and availability of tradespeople.
How can I stay up to date on the project?
We recommend you sign up for our newsletter here. We will be providing updates via email on City Gardens as it moves forward as well as our website www.kelsondowntownproject.ca
What is the mix of housing options available for rent/purchase? What are the prices/monthly rental costs?
Although not confirmed, we intend to provide a mix of housing options for purchase: studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom suites but each building will vary. We will also have a range of studio, one- and two-bedroom suites for rent. Currently, we do not know prices for rentals or home ownership as we are still in the planning stage. Once we have that information, we will disclose it to the community.
What is the plan for the old houses on Nicola Street? Do they have heritage status?
The old houses on Nicola Street are not listed on the heritage registry. We have done investigation work to see what could be salvageable with the houses, but because they have not been maintained/updated for some time, they are in a state of disrepair. We intend to collaborate with the Kamloops Museum & Archives on what we might be able to do to preserve the memory of these houses and will have a special gazebo or structure at City Gardens which will reflect Kamloops’ past. We have also received inquiries from community members and others interested in moving the houses to other locations, and we are willing to support that initiative financially.
What is the plan for parking? And what about bike storage?
We are planning to build parking structures underneath the footprint of the development on the city block between Nicola Street and Battle Street on the 400 Block. The structures will be up to three stories deep and will accommodate up to 800 stalls, according to our architect’s plans. We will also have ample bike storage and scooter storage so residents can easily lock and go.
Will there be opportunities to have Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations within the parking facilities?
Yes. We understand this is where the future is moving and have already had many inquiries into EV charging stations. While we do not plan to install them for every individual stall, we will figure out a strategy to ensure people have appropriate access to charging options.
What does ownership look like? Will there be an opportunity to have rental investment properties?
Our thoughts at this time are that we will allow investors to purchase suites for longer term rental opportunities in the strata buildings such as the two towers and at least one of the wood frame buildings. We have not yet determined if short-term rentals will be allowed.
What amenities will be on site? Will they be open to the public?
We will have commercial spaces, a dog park, children’s playground, and many common areas for people to sit and enjoy. As this is not a gated community, many of these spaces will be open to the wider community to enjoy such as the plaza between the towers, however, some areas will be exclusive to residents only.
What does security look like for the development?
This is a large development, and we will have some beautiful features to enhance the common spaces and areas the public can enjoy, thus our plan is to have some kind of on-site security to monitor the area to ensure our residents’ and community’s safety.
What are you expecting to open in the commercial spaces?
We are hoping to have a restaurant (casual/coffee) and a grocery/deli but we have not made any final decisions yet. We are open to inquiries to rent these spaces. Please email your inquiries to email@example.com
What opportunities will there be for including public art into the project?
Much like we have done with other Kelson Group buildings, we will be working with local artisans to have artwork a part of the development because we believe it enhances living spaces. While we do not know what that will look like yet, we will be looking forward to working with local artists to help create and deliver on a beautiful vision that pairs well with our vision for City Gardens.
The name of the development is City Gardens. What kind of gardens, trees, and green space will be incorporated into the design?
The idea of the design of the development is to have an oasis-feel captured in our interior and exterior living spaces. The plan currently is to have many common grassy areas, water features, lush landscaping, and trees to compliment our “City Gardens” vision. We will be working with specialists in this field of expertise to make their recommendations.
What will traffic access look like on Nicola Street? Will you still be looking to close off the 400 Block of Nicola?
Community engagement told us the community was uncertain as to the desire to close off Nicola Street. Taking a further look into this option, we also found it would be cost prohibitive to change up underground infrastructure like water and sewer lines. With these considerations in mind, we went back to our architects to come up with a plan that would achieve our development goals without closing this part of Nicola Street. We are still consulting with a traffic planner and the City of Kamloops on whether any changes will be required to the intersections of Nicola Street with 4th and 5th Avenues.