Nelson Commons on the move

The Nelson Commons team is creating a display suite to give prospective residents an idea of what their new homes will look and feel like.

Nelson Commons from the corner of Hendryx and Vernon (NE)

If you have driven or walked by the intersection of Hall and Vernon Streets, you may have noticed that something is brewing on the north-west corner behind the papered windows. The Nelson Commons team is creating a display suite to give prospective residents an idea of what their new homes will look and feel like.

Well-known local designer David Dobie and local architect Steven Kaup from Studio 9 Architecture + Planning, are creating an “immersive experience.” Soon, curious visitors will be able to see what a typical kitchen, bedroom and bathroom will be like in one of the 54 Nelson Commons residential suites.

Lead architect Ray Letkeman has already shared a number of renderings of the Nelson Commons building and site (with more, virtually final versions available in the next week or so). Thanks to these images, people are able to picture what the redevelopment would look like from the outside—and how it would fit in with surrounding neighbours in Nelson’s downtown core. The display suite, which will be open in mid-August, will enable people to experience the inside of one of the residential suites.

Nelson Commons is an initiative of the Kootenay Co-op and came into being out of the Co-op’s need for a new, bigger store. The Nelson Commons development will provide a new home for the Co-op store on the ground floor, with the residential spaces in three floors above. A significant public space for everyone to congregate and enjoy is also a key component, along with other retail shops.

This kind of multi-use development is becoming very popular with people interested in being close to downtown amenities and downsizing to live in a smaller footprint. Shopping, a theatre, a medical clinic, Baker Street, the rec centre and Kootenay Lake will all be just a stone’s throw away. Nelson Commons offers all the benefits that make multi-use living so popular in cities large and small.

If you’d like to follow the Nelson Commons story and get all the news and updates, visit And be sure to visit the display suite at Hall and Vernon as soon as the doors open. We’ll have lots of exciting information and good-for-Nelson news to share over the coming months.

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