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Former McDonalds site in downtown Kelowna being prepped for demolition

The former McDonalds at 1746 Water St. is going to finally be demolished by the end of October.
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September 17, 2020 - 10:39 AM

Work will start next week to clear the site of the former McDonalds restaurant on Water Street near Highway 97 in Kelowna.

The first part of the job will be to carefully remove the asbestos and lead in the building, while protecting nearby Mill Creek. The building itself and invasive elm trees will be taken down by the end of October.

“Demolishing the building is necessary as it’s fallen into disrepair from extended vacancy and due to proximity to the creek it doesn’t lend itself well to repurposing,” Graham Hood, the City’s strategic land development manager, said in a news release.

“This property represents a unique opportunity for future redevelopment and ensuring it is in attractive condition for lot consolidation and future redevelopment options is beneficial to the City’s long-range financial and capital plans," he said.

The City bought the property in May as part of an agreement to deal with claims stemming from the realignment of the highway in 2007 to allow for the building of the Bennett bridge.

“Coupled with last year’s acquisition of the former Husky station at 380 Harvey Ave., we’re excited by the opportunities this property represents as a key location in the city’s western gateway,” Hood said.

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