A rendering of what the Oso development will look like once complete.

Oso adds green footprint to downtown

Coming in spring of 2022, Golden will have a new condominium complex in the downtown core.

Oso, which is Spanish for bear, is a project that comprises of two buildings, one with 24 residential condos for sale, and the other with 30 long term rental apartments. The ground floor of each will have 12 000 square feet of customizable commercial space. Oso will be located between the new Whitetooth brewery and the Kicking Horse River.

For Ned Johnson, the developer behind Oso, this project is a way to continue to enhance Golden and to help move the community forward.

“Golden is a place that my wife and I have lived for 15 years, we really love Golden and the way that it is, but we would also love to see Golden enhanced with new buildings and businesses,” said Johnson. “We want to maintain it’s vibrancy in the future, and we feel that adding Oso to the downtown will really improve the future visibility of Golden for everyone.”

Oso is set to break ground in April of 2020, and will be a big part of the downtown revitalization project that’s been ongoing. This kind of development for commercial space has not been undertaken in Golden for quite some time and will provide more long term rental housing than anything ever built in Golden.

The bridge to riverwalk improvements is going to integrate right down into Oso, which is going to put a major emphasis on increasing pedestrian commutes in Golden.

In fact, Oso has a major emphasis on the environment, and won the Clean BC Better Buildings Net Zero Ready Challenge for being ecologically friendly.

“By winning the award, they’re letting us know that we’re on the right path for what they’re looking for in buildings going into the future that are less polluting,” said Johnson.

Oso will have a number of green features, such as exterior insulation that almost eliminates thermal bridging from the interior walls to the outside. There will also be an electric car share program, with two electric vehicles. This will be a part of a car sharing program to encourage people to carpool and reduce car ownership.

The amenities in Oso will be open to the public as well, with all Golden residents benefitting from the cafes, bike and ski tuning rooms and fitness co-op, among other things.

For Johnson, it’s all about contributing to Golden.

“We eat, sleep and breath Golden. We live here and we love it, we love the rugged nature of Golden and we love the little improvements that are happening downtown,” said Johnson. “What we really like about Oso is that it’s offering something that’s going to animate the downtown, and add more people who are living and visiting downtown.”

Sales for Oso are set to start this December. For more information, you can visit Oso’s website at osogolden.com

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