DOWNTOWN – Revised plan for City Gardens boosts number of units

(Image: Kelson Group)

The City Gardens development in downtown Kamloops is moving ahead, but with some changes, the Kelson Group announced today (March 25, 2021).

The company stated in a media release that modifications were made based on community feedback.

“We have had the opportunity to pause and reflect on our vision for City Gardens,” said Jason Fawcett, president of Kelson Group.

“Since announcing our initial plans last fall, we have asked the community for their feedback and to gauge the collective level of interest. This input has helped us revise our plans to better reflect what our community has told us is important to them and what potential purchasers want.”

Initially, the development had a mix of housing options and would provide about 435 suites for sale or rent. The revised plan now includes more than 500 suites. The original plan envisioned the need to close the 400 block of Nicola Street but the modified plan would leave the street open.

“The design concept will still capture the essence of the downtown while also drawing from plants, trees, and nature to create an oasis with a pedestrian-first focus,” the release says.

The release makes no mention of the dozens of heritage houses that will be bulldozed for the project and a promotional video and photos show none of them being incorporated into the design.

A virtual information session is scheduled for March 29 from 5 to 6 p.m. To register for the virtual session and to submit questions, visit

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