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New West Kelowna City Hall opens its doors

The community’s first-purpose build municipal building is located at 3731 Old Okanagan Highway
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The new West Kelowna City Hall is home to administration and public services, the Okanagan Regional Library, MP and MLA officers, ICBC, and ServiceBC. (Gary Barnes/Capital News)

West Kelowna’s first purpose-built city hall is now open, marking a major milestone for the community.

“West Kelowna incorporated as a city 17 years ago, and being able to welcome our community into its first purpose-built city hall is an exciting time and certainly one for the history books,” Mayor Gord Milsom said.

The transition from the Mount Boucherie Community Centre (MBCC), the temporary city hall since 2009, has been completed. The city’s Recreation and Culture Department and the Facilities Department will stay at MBCC.

The new facility, at 3731 Old Okanagan Highway, will house the city’s administrative functions and enhance public services.

It will offer business licensing, planning, building and development services, bylaw services, property tax and utility payments, municipal fee payments, and dog licensing.

Operating hours remain Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding statutory holidays.

“This is truly a civic centre with a beautiful, welcoming building that our community can be proud of,” the mayor added.

The City of West Kelowna collaborated with the Westbank First Nation throughout the project.

“We sincerely thank everyone who participated in making this landmark project a reality, particularly to Westbank First Nation who blessed the site on the traditional territory of the Okanagan/Syilx people,” Milsom said.

The partnership included incorporating Indigenous art, language, and cultural elements into the new building, which is also home to the Okanagan Regional Library, MP and MLA officers, ICBC, and ServiceBC.

For more information about the new city hall, visit the City of West Kelowna website.

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