A historic building in downtown Kelowna could be turned into a fancy wine bar and restaurant.

The two-storey structure at the corner of Lawrence Avenue and Water Street once housed a newspaper and printing press.

“The project is intended to be an innovative and exciting prototype rethinking of the traditional wine venue, while respecting, re-interpreting and activating the form and character of the historic downtown,” reads part of a rezoning application now being reviewed by city planners.

A rezoning to a liquor-primary designation is necessary for the project to proceed.

Also necessary is a development permit to change the form and character of the building, as it is on the city’s official heritage register.

Plans are for an exhibition space, tasting rooms, wine store, restaurant, wine bar and roof deck.

The building was built in stages between 1908 and 1939. It was the location of The Courier newspaper until 1957.

In the ’90s, the building was the Kelowna location of the Keg restaurant. It has been vacant for some time.