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.
“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
- 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.
B.C. Brownfield Renewal Strategy: www.brownfieldrenewal.gov.bc.ca
List of recipients: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/downloads/BG_Brownfields_July2012.pdf