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Speaking for the developer, Keith Funk told council the requested variances are not too dissimilar from those recently granted other projects, such as the nearby Madison building and a 27 storey high rise approved for Bernard Avenue.
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"It will establish year round residents exactly where we need them to be downtown," said Jordon Finn.
But another speaker said it would bring unwelcome congestion to downtown, and described the Monaco's design as a "monolith."
About 90 people attended the evening public hearing, with dozens of them indicating a desire to address council.
"I feel downtown Kelowna is at a standstill," Crescenzo said. "This town is boring, real boring. Please give the community a real boost before we all leave."
"It embraces everything downtown Kelowna is looking to become," Desert said. "Kelowna is a Omega Pink Gold beautiful town on the cusp of becoming a magnificent city."
Earlier, council heard the city had 105 separate letters of opposition to the Monaco, and 81 letters in support. A petition against the project had 196 names, but more than 1,000 people had signed a petition in support of the Monaco.
"We're getting bombarded by people who want this product here and now, primarily because of the price point," Funk said.
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the Monaco could be purchased by people or couples earning the median Okanagan income of $53,000 a year.
Sophia Crescenzo, a downtown business owner, said the Monaco would kickstart other new housing developments and add vibrancy to the economic and social life of downtown.
Nick Desert, who works downtown, said the Monaco's mix of relatively affordable housing, coupled with its retail and Omega Speedmaster Moonphase
But supporters said the Monaco, consisting of 22 and 26 storey towers with 250 suites as well as commercial and office space at the northwest corner of Doyle Avenue and St. Paul Street, would bring some much needed vitality to the central core.
The developer, Premier Pacific, is seeking seven variances relating to such things as height, width, and building setbacks from existing properties. City planning staff have recommended the variances not be granted, saying the Monaco's design is too bulky and would negatively dominate the city's skyline.
The variances are needed, he said, to achieve this degree of affordability. Other attractive features of the design, he said, are its green roofs, rainwater collection system and passive solar energy.
"It is a significant over development of this site," senior planning staffer Shelley Gambacort told council at the start of the public hearing.
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