July 12, 2012

KELOWNA –The Salvation Army and 0806068 BC Ltd. can begin to redevelop two brownfields in Kelowna thanks to a total of $92,080 in Brownfield Renewal funding from the Province.

Who will benefit:

1502 Sutherland, 0806068 BC Ltd – $71,875

  • The corporation has plans to redevelop this former gas station site into a seniors’ care home. The grant will help determine the existence and extent of on-site contamination and complete a risk assessment.

 

Sutherland Drive Phase 2, Salvation Army – $20,205

  • The Salvation Army plans to turn this vacant lot into an environmentally-friendly facility that provides affordable rental housing and social services for the community. This second Brownfields grant will help the organization complete a detailed site investigation, including a quantitative risk assessment so that site remediation can proceed.

Quotes:

“The Brownfield Renewal Funding Program helps turn sites that contribute very little to the community into valuable community institutions. This targeted funding will make a real difference in Kelowna.”

–          Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson

“Before we started this process, this property was a parking lot. This funding will help us set up facilities to help people, like a thrift store, recovery group meeting space, office space, and programming rooms.”

–          Sutherland Drive Phase 2 Project Coordinator George Perkin

Quick Facts:

  • The B.C. Brownfield Renewal Funding Program encourages brownfield redevelopment across British Columbia.
  • Including today’s funding, the Brownfield Renewal Funding Program has provided more than $5.84 million to support brownfield redevelopment since 2007.
  • This program has funded 78 projects in 50 communities across B.C.
  • Redeveloped brownfields increase local tax revenue from previously underutilized properties, reduce greenhouse gases from urban sprawl and generate sustainable land stewardship.

Learn More:

B.C. Brownfield Renewal Strategy: www.brownfieldrenewal.gov.bc.ca

List of recipients: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/downloads/BG_Brownfields_July2012.pdf