A model of the future Nelson Commons development

Nelson Common submits building permit application

The building is now completely designed, all that remains before construction can begin is to meet sales targets

The Nelson Commons project has crossed another major threshold in the progress of the project. This past Monday, the Nelson Commons team submitted its formal Building Permit Application to the City of Nelson for the mixed use development on the old Extra Foods site between Baker and Vernon Streets.

“What this really means is that the building is now completely designed — from the architecture of the building to the plumbing in each unit,” explained local architect Steven Kaup, who has coordinated the design process over the past 10 months.

“There are myriad details that go into a permit application of this size and complexity” Kaup said. “In addition to our lead architect, Ray Letkeman and his team, a group of engineers, code consultants and other professionals are needed to put together the application.”

Kootenay Co-op general manager Deirdrie Lang and project manager Russell Precious were both pleased and relieved when they walked over to City Hall to hand in the application.

“We know the project is unique and ambitious,” said Precious. “Each significant step we take to bring the project to successful, timely completion is something we take a moment to appreciate and share”.

All that remains before construction can begin in earnest is to meet sales targets for the Nelson Commons residential units. Now, with the support of Coldwell Banker realty and a robust regional marketing program, Precious and Lang anticipate that building construction will begin this Spring.

To learn more about the residential units and options for purchase, visit the Display Suite and Sales Office (621 Vernon Street), open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

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