The proposed new home for the Greater Vernon Musuem and Archives, pictured, and Vernon Public Art Gallery, is the old Coldstream Hotel site on 29th Avenue and 31st Street. A borrowing referendum will be held Oct. 20. (Morning Star file photo)

Regional District of North Okanagan to share info on Vernon cultural facility referendum

Public information campaign on Oct. 20 borrowing referendum will start in late August

The public will soon get more information on October’s cultural centre referendum vote.

The Regional District of North Okanagan will be spearheading a public information campaign on the Oct. 20 ballot, setting up shop at the Village Green Centre on Saturday, Sept. 1, and the two Saturdays before the vote: Oct. 6 and 13.

“We’re also going to be making ourselves available at the Vernon Farmers Market, likely on Thursdays, the grand opening of Kal Tire Place North and a Vernon Vipers game or two,” said RDNO manager of community services, Tannis Nelson.

RDNO is also contacting services clubs and social organizations to see if they would be interested in a presentation on the plan.

RELATED: Size, cost set for proposed Vernon cultural facility

Voters will decide Oct. 20 if they support RDNO borrowing up to $25 million of the proposed $40 million centre which will be housed in Greater Vernon on the site of the former Coldstream Hotel in downtown Vernon, 29th Avenue and 31st Street. The ballot question has yet to be approved by the province.

The centre would become new homes for the Vernon Public Art Gallery and Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, and would also house office space and meeting rooms.

RELATED: City of Vernon supports former hotel site for cultural facility

RDNO hopes the remainder of the $40 million project would come through fundraising and donations secured by cultural groups, and through provincial and federal grants.

Nelson said is the remainder of the funding can’t be secured, the project would not proceed.

“We’re not interested in building a smaller version of the project to accommodate the funding,” she said. “We have a vision on the type of cultural centre the community needs, so we’ll be working toward that end.”



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

City of Revelstoke pays $6.89 million in wages in 2019

27 employees were paid more than $75,000 last year

Roots and Blues online festival live tonight on Black Press Media

Tune in to Black Press Media to watch the festival live Aug. 14, 15 and 16

Okanagan Correctional Centre outbreak due to training session: Interior Health

Interior Health said in a statement the staff members were at an off-site training session

Invasive mussel monitoring stations detect 10 boats

Boats were headed to Okanagan and Thompson regions

City of Revelstoke adding new full-time social development position

The current coordinator is a part-time contractor

‘Don’t kill my mom’: Ryan Reynolds calls on young British Columbians to be COVID-smart

‘Deadpool’ celebrity responds to premier’s call for social influence support

UPDATE: Fire in Lake Country a “smoke chase”

A water bomber reportedly took off from Penticton and is on the way to Lake Country

Kelowna man convicted of not paying taxes after turbulent trial

Man claims he doesn’t meet the definition of a ‘person’ under the federal Income Tax Act

Accused in Kelowna’s 2018 Canada Day killing granted bail more than 1.5 years later

Esa Carriere was stabbed to death during the Canada Day fireworks in downtown Kelowna in 2018

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Two people dead after Highway 1 collision west of Kamloops

Two-vehicle accident closed Trans-Canada Highway for more than five hours

Most Read