B.C. Hydro paying Kamloops more than $6.2 million for land; relocate fire training centre - InfoNews

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B.C. Hydro paying Kamloops more than $6.2 million for land; relocate fire training centre

The Kamloops Fire Training Centre burn building is pictured in this file photo.
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January 09, 2017 - 8:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - The city is getting $4.2 million for the land the Kamloops Fire Training Centre and more than $2 million more to cover rebuilding the facility at a different location.

City real estate manager David Freeman says details of the deal remained confidential until recently as B.C. Hydro finalized the project from their end. The terms of the deal were finalized from the city’s side in November 2014 with confidential vote by council.

The former fire training centre will be razed and become a substation, while some nearby land will become the site of the new training centre.

“The six acres that we ended up selling to B.C. Hydro wasn’t vacant land,” Freeman says. “We negotiated with Hydro to cover the construction of the new training centre.”

Freeman says the new fire training centre will be an upgraded version with a more efficient burn room.

“B.C. Hydro agreed to an additional $2 million as a contribution to the new fire training centre,” he says.

The total cost of the new centre is expected to be closer to $2.6 million, Freeman says, with the city covering the rest.

In addition to the centre, a small public works building is currently on the land sold to B.C. Hydro and will be replaced at a new location.

The land officially becomes B.C. Hydro’s on Feb. 1, 2017.

“My understanding is they’ll start... substation construction in fall of 2017 and open it in the summer of 2018," he says.

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