West Kelowna exploring other options for city hall

West Kelowna may get a new city hall after all, just maybe not the way the city had hoped.

On Tuesday, city staff presented council with 6 alternative options following last month’s referendum which shut down plans for a $14.4 million city hall and civic centre.

Council directed staff to investigate a blend of two options: the construction of a new city hall in Westbank and a leasing arrangement with Interior Health Authority within a new city hall.

Other options included building a city hall on land the city owns on Bartley Rd. or building it elsewhere in West Kelowna but Mayor Doug Findlater says council agreed Westbank makes most sense.

“The maximum amount of economic benefits will come from putting that kind of a facility in the long-term commercial, administrative, downtown [area],” he said “And secondly if we want to partner with Interior Health, they ‘re going to want to have it in a location that’s accessible to other health services and transit”.

Another option included making temporary improvements to the current city hall on Cameron Rd.

The city has $7.1 million in its financial plan for the alternative options, money that was already to be used for the city hall and civic centre project. Findlater says the city can do a modest project without an underground parking and plaza using that money.

He hopes staff will report back to council before next year.