New Face of West Kelowna

New Face of West Kelowna

Postby TreeGuy » Dec 15th, 2015, 10:11 am

http://www.castanet.net/news/West-Kelowna/154074/New-face-of-West-Kelowna

I have posted this map to show where the planned location is. It is behind Lordco & The Heritage.

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Unfortunately this will we a divisive topic once again for residents of West Kelowna. I am excited about this project as it is right in my neighbourhood and I look forward to the improvements it will bring.
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Re: New Face of West Kelowna

Postby Leifer » Dec 15th, 2015, 10:20 am

"divisive topic" ?
Who would be against trying to rebuild the downtown core with some new development?
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Re: New Face of West Kelowna

Postby TreeGuy » Dec 15th, 2015, 10:25 am

Leifer wrote:"divisive topic" ?
Who would be against trying to rebuild the downtown core with some new development?


Read the comments below the actual article. Anti-Westbankers. Some think a whole new downtown core should be created in a central West Kelowna location. Crazyness. Others don't want to spend money and think our City Hall should continue to operate in its current crowded location.
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Re: New Face of West Kelowna

Postby Leifer » Dec 15th, 2015, 10:39 am

Ah I see. Well there will always be detractors when municipalities want to move the ball forward and build a community.
Definitely some concern about the additional tax burden this will place on us (I am worried about that too).
I live in Lake View Heights (14 years....so a new comer). West Kelowna does suffer from some serious urban sprawl...I think this consolidation of the civic buildings into the "downtown core" is a great idea.
I hope the Westbank/West Kelowna bullsh*t does not rear its ugly head again.
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Re: New Face of West Kelowna

Postby TreeGuy » Dec 15th, 2015, 10:44 am

We have lived in West Kelowna in the Westbank community coming up 13 years. Apparently there will be no tax burden with this as it is money that has been budgeted and it is a private/municipal partnership.

Can't wait for them to break ground! Plus the project at the Johnson Bentley. Good things are coming to West Kelowna!
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Re: New Face of West Kelowna

Postby mexi cali » Dec 15th, 2015, 10:58 am

There is a good artists rendering on C-net this morning and I think it is going to be a very attractive project and god knows we need some beauty here.

I hope there is a clock ticking for the new owner of the property on 97 at Elliott where Cattlemen's (?) used to be. Please either raze it or fix it but do it quickly.
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Re: New Face of West Kelowna

Postby Wave101 » Dec 15th, 2015, 11:27 am

Something is not right about the concept picture. There are only 50 parking spots for all the apartment buildings and municipal hall/health center. The municipal hall/health center alone needs at least 100 parking stalls for current and future needs.
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Re: New Face of West Kelowna

Postby TreeGuy » Dec 15th, 2015, 1:04 pm

Wave101 wrote:Something is not right about the concept picture. There are only 50 parking spots for all the apartment buildings and municipal hall/health center. The municipal hall/health center alone needs at least 100 parking stalls for current and future needs.


Did you read the article? There will be underground parking.
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Re: New Face of West Kelowna

Postby kgcayenne » Dec 15th, 2015, 1:18 pm

Thumbs up here.
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Re: New Face of West Kelowna

Postby logman » Dec 15th, 2015, 3:56 pm

I also noticed the sold sign on one of the worst eyesores in Westbank. The TSA gas bar and the Cattle Country restaurant strip mall is in such need of a wrecking ball. I think the new City Hall location is a great one. It's about time. The Mount Boucherie location is dated and too small.
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Re: New Face of West Kelowna

Postby pepsilover » Dec 15th, 2015, 3:59 pm

Does anybody know where the District of West Kelowna stands on hospital services or at least ER services on this side of the lake? I know it was a possibility a few years back, has it been buried or ???
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Re: New Face of West Kelowna

Postby pepsilover » Dec 15th, 2015, 4:03 pm

TreeGuy wrote:We have lived in West Kelowna in the Westbank community coming up 13 years. Apparently there will be no tax burden with this as it is money that has been budgeted and it is a private/municipal partnership.

Can't wait for them to break ground! Plus the project at the Johnson Bentley. Good things are coming to West Kelowna!


That isn't what I heard. I heard they are borrowing at least $10 million privately and that this will be added on to our taxes over a period of ten years. I don't know about the rest of you but my taxes have doubled in the last five years due to sewers being put in, so I am not inclined to pay more taxes unless it is for some sorely needed medical services on this side of the lake. I've been here 30 years.
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Re: New Face of West Kelowna

Postby TreeGuy » Dec 15th, 2015, 4:13 pm

pepsilover wrote:That isn't what I heard. I heard they are borrowing at least $10 million privately and that this will be added on to our taxes over a period of ten years. I don't know about the rest of you but my taxes have doubled in the last five years due to sewers being put in, so I am not inclined to pay more taxes unless it is for some sorely needed medical services on this side of the lake. I've been here 30 years.


What you heard and what I read are different, this is a quote from the article:
"The city says there will be no additional tax burden for residents related to the construction of the municipal hall and that costs will be assumed within the current 10-year financial plan."
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Re: New Face of West Kelowna

Postby Lizard » Dec 15th, 2015, 5:41 pm

TreeGuy,
Are you sure the area indicated on your map is indeed the location for this endeavor? I don't know, but I would think this project would be located on the property north of there, between Bering and Butt Roads, the property that I believe the municipality purchased a few years back and then fenced it off.

In any case, I think it will be a good thing.
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Re: New Face of West Kelowna

Postby TreeGuy » Dec 15th, 2015, 5:54 pm

Lizard wrote:TreeGuy,
Are you sure the area indicated on your map is indeed the location for this endeavor? I don't know, but I would think this project would be located on the property north of there, between Bering and Butt Roads, the property that I believe the municipality purchased a few years back and then fenced it off.

In any case, I think it will be a good thing.


Yes, that is the location behind Lordco.

Here is the original article from when they chose the location:

http://www.castanet.net/news/West-Kelowna/116928/New-site-for-civic-hall

The property you speak of is owned by IHA, at least that is my understanding.
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