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The City of West Kelowna is beginning the process of converting its City Hall into a community center.
The Mont Boucherie Community Center, originally built in 1974, was converted into a temporary town hall in 2008 when the area officially became a municipality.
The plan at the time was to use it as a temporary administrative headquarters for five to ten years while the new municipality saved enough money to build a permanent town hall.
With this project now under construction next to the Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Center, the city plans to restore the community center to its former use.
A report presented at Tuesday’s council meeting outlines the steps being considered to achieve this.
The restoration project will take place in three phases, beginning with a public consultation.
In her report, facilities and recreation manager Erin Goodwin says the public phase will run for two months until June 20, where people will be invited to share their memories, stories and photos of the facility and to get ideas for the new community center.
The objectives of the engagement include:
- Educate the community about MBCC restoration through in-person, electronic and community outreach methods
- Get feedback on programming, amenities, space improvements, near-term priorities, and aspirations for the space through a questionnaire and ideas tool
- Board and community hearing regarding vision for future expansion for longer term planning at MBCC
- Share what we heard with the board and community and provide updates as needed
- Collect stories from the public to incorporate into MBCC’s comeback celebration to recognize 50 years of service to the community
The design phase of the project is expected to run throughout the summer with concept and final design in the fall.
The new City Hall and Library building is expected to open in the spring of 2023, when conversion of the current space could begin.
The report suggests that facilities, recreation and culture will remain in the newly restored community center.
“The return of the MBCC provides the city with the opportunity to provide more diverse and comprehensive recreation services to meet the needs of our growing community,” the report states.
Since 2008, the city has added the Lakeview Heights Community Center, Westbank Lions Hall, Multi-Sport Dome, and Mar Jok Elementary to the indoor recreation portfolio.
The city says it has raised around $700,000 for the restoration project.