The design of a sales centre for a long-delayed highrise project will mimic features of the tower itself.

Westcorp plans to open a sales and marketing office for the 33-storey tower inside an existing building at 327 Bernard Ave.

Features for the remodelled one-storey building include black steel, burnished oak and basalt tile, according to a development permit application under review by City of Kelowna planners.

“The proposed design takes its cue from the same inspirations as the mixed-use tower development,” architect Lauren Macaulay writes in the application.

Design materials, Macaulay says, reflect the history of the Kettle Valley Railway and the Okanagan’s winemaking industry.

City council approved Westcorp’s plans for a 24-storey hotel tower at the base of Queensway overlooking Okanagan Lake in 2014.

But construction never began, with Westcorp saying it couldn’t get financing for the all-hotel project.

So, in February 2018, the Edmonton-based company submitted revised plans for the development, which council approved in a 5-2 vote.

Now, the tower is slated to be 33 storeys with 174 hotel suites and 40 luxury condos, a restaurant on the 17th floor, a convention centre and ground-floor retail premises.

After the redesign was approved by council, Gail Temple, a Westcorp vice-president, predicted construction on the tower would start at the end of 2018 or early in 2019.

No site work has taken place.

On Monday, Temple said in an email the sales and marketing centre should open in a few months. She was not able to provide information on when construction of the tower would start.

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