June 11, 2014 - 4:39 PM
WEST KELOWNA – The District of West Kelowna has settled on a location for a new municipal hall.
Mayor Doug Findlater announced Tuesday council had accepted a bid from New Town/Sturgess Group to construct a 24,000 sq. ft. hall at 3641 Elliott Rd.
The hall will include a public plaza, office building, up to two residential buildings, a café and parking.
Findlater said council was “extremely pleased” with the quality and initiative shown by the four bidders, and an honorarium of $25,000 has been given to the three whose designs were not chosen.
“This honorarium ensured that the District received quality submissions, and the municipality now owns the intellectual property,” says a District of West Kelowna news release..
The cost of the development is expected to be $8.9 million including land, with the municipality taking ownership of both once the project is complete.
The release says there will be no additional tax burden on residents under the current 10-year financial plan and an alternate approval process where residents can indicate support for borrowing additional funds will be held before the November election.
The district will now begin a detailed planning stage, examining site servicing, zoning, permits, potential partnership opportunities and borrowing considerations.
“There’s still a long way to go, but I know that I speak for all council when I say we are very glad to be at a point where we know where we want our civic centre to be,” Findlater says.
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— Corrections made at 8:38 a.m. June 12. An earlier version of this story misattributed quotes.
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