May 21, 2013 - 2:47 PM
Much needed renovations to the Kamloops Food Bank are underway thanks to a generous donor and a necessary stamp of approval from the city.
In April a volunteer that died left $100,000 to the food bank, which on the heels of a fire nine months earlier was even more appreciated as renovations became more of a necessity.
Renovations began earlier this month but a parking plan allowing the food bank to utilize a non-adjacent lot on Wilson Street was pending approval. The location of the building at 171 Wilson Street will only be able to accommodate five parking stalls once the renovations and addition are completed. The city has approved the development permits and the remaining nine parking stalls - 14 total are required - will be accomodated in a nearby lot currently housing the trailers used as office and food storage.
The use of 164 Wilson Street for parking is considered temporary and the food bank continues to work at securing an adjacent lot that will accommodate all the necessary parking.
While council was happy to support the nearby parking, some councillors questioned the landscape choices of the food bank last week. Both Coun. Donovan Cavers and Coun. Marg Spina said they would prefer to see an edible landscape.
Hours at the food bank have been adjusted because of the renovations.
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A fire Aug. 2, 2012 destroys part of the Kamloops Food Bank building.
(JENNIFER STAHN /InfoTel Multimedia)
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