Depot demolished

An old delivery depot has been demolished to make way for a new Telus building at the corner of Ellis Street and Manhattan Drive in Kelowna.

A two-storey Telus office building and cable and fibre optics staging area will be a welcome addition to Kelowna’s north downtown, according to city council.

“I’m excited about it because it’s another high-tech relocation to our downtown,” said Coun. Luke Stack at Monday afternoon’s council meeting.

At the same meeting, council voted in favour of the permit to allow Telus to redevelop the site at the corner of Ellis Street and Manhattan Drive.

“This could just be the start to some future plans for the site,” said Mayor Colin Basran.

“It’s not to the scale of the Interior Health headquarters or the Okanagan Centre for Innovation, but it’s a welcome addition to downtown.”

The five-storey Interior Health building is nearing completion at the corner of Ellis Street and Doyle Avenue. It will house offices, clinics and almost 1,000 workers.

The six-storey innovation centre across the street is for high-tech companies, support group Accelerate Okanagan, and satellites of Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan.

Telus has its Interior headquarters on Enterprise Way, so the new facilities downtown will have some offices, engineering functions, a yard for storage of cable, fibre optic lines and other equipment, and a parking lot for fleet vehicles.

The old delivery depot previously on the site has already been demolished, making way for redevelopment.

Facing Manhattan Drive, Brandt’s Creek and Sunset Park, the office building will present a nice facade.

The storage and equipment yard will be well set back from the street and will hardly be seen by passersby.

The creek will also be protected from construction and landscaping around the building.

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