Shovels were dug into the ground today as Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Kelowna RCMP Supt. Nick Romanchuk officially marked the beginning of construction for the City of Kelowna Police Services building.
“The city takes crime prevention seriously,” said Basran at the groundbreaking ceremony today. “Investing in a new RCMP facility will improve efficiencies and keep pace with safety needs in our growing community.”
The $48-million building project is the largest City development getting underway in 2015. It includes construction of a new policing facility with onsite parking, as well as road and utilities improvements along Clement Avenue and contributes to intersection improvements at Clement and Richter Street.
“New protective services infrastructure gives our RCMP the system to ensure safer Kelowna neighbourhoods and a safer downtown,” added Basran.
“Feeling safe in our community contributes to our sense of personal and collective well-being, influences our participation in society and benefits our physical and mental health.”
The new centralized facility will accommodate the enhanced operations and installation of necessary policing technologies and meet future expansion as the city continues to grow. Completion is scheduled for the spring of 2017.