October 03, 2014 - 4:22 PM
WEST KELOWNA - A new municipal works yard for West Kelowna is on the way with a $8.7 million land grant from the province.
The five hectare parcel of Crown land is located at the junction of Bartley and Stevens Road and allows the district to move forward with this civic priority without placing the burden on taxpayers.
Premier Christy Clark was on hand for the announcement.
"After extensive negotiations with the Province, Westbank First Nation is pleased to say that it supports the offering of a sponsored Crown grant to the District of West Kelowna. We believe that WFN's interests are being properly addressed," Chief Robert Louie says. "We look forward to working with the Province on the reconciliation of our interests."
The agreement with West Kelowna came after an involved consultation process with the Westbank First Nation who also offered their support for the Crown land.
"Council has always felt great support from our provincial representatives for this initiative and we are very grateful for their work on our behalf," West Kelowna mayor Doug Findlater says. "We have always envisioned the Bartley Road property as a future site for our public works operations given its central location in Boucherie Gardens and proximity to our current engineering and operations building."
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