Development brief: Mixed retail and residential building proposed for First Street West

A three-storey building with street-level residential and two rental units above is proposed for First Street West.

An image of the proposed mixed commercial and residential building at 411 First Street West. Image: Third Axis Design.

A new development proposed for downtown Revelstoke combines street level retail and two upstairs residential units.

The City of Revelstoke’s Advisory Planning Commission is recommending council approve a development permit application for a three-storey building at 411 First Street West. The proposed development proposal includes commercial space on the ground floor and two individual two-bedroom apartment units on the second and third floors. The applicant, Zesta Holdings Inc., is proposing to operate the apartments as rental units.

A report to the commission notes the lot contains the now vacant former garden shop better known to many as the Dogwood. The property is owned by Zesta Holdings Ltd.

“The existing building appears to have reached the end of its serviceable life,” city planner Daniel Sturgeon writes in a report to the commission. “A development permit application has been made in order to replace this existing structure with a new mixed-use building.”

The proposed building design includes a natural colour scheme. Image: Third Axis Design

Third Axis Design provided the building design for the proposed project, which features a modern building form with a low-slope mono-pitch roof. The proposed exterior of the building includes a natural wood and grey colour scheme with painted stucco, cedar siding, hardie panels and metal flashing.

Adam Auger, principal designer with Revelstoke-based Third Axis Design told the Mountaineer the building is awaiting planning approval before it heads to council.

The commission recommendation covers form and character of the application, but not land use or zoning. In an email to the Mountaineer, city planning director Nigel Whitehead said the file is currently in process and staff are working with the applicant on the proposed development.

Melissa Jameson is the civic affairs reporter for the Revelstoke Mountaineer. She handles the newsy side of goings on about Revelstoke. Got a news tip? Feel free to contact Melissa at