New downtown marina plan surfaces in Kelowna

City council will be asked to approval a new marina deal with a private developer on Monday.

Kelowna city council will be asked Monday to approve a staff recommendation to award a contract to Westcorp Properties Inc. to build a new, $3.2 million marina, complete with a 120-metre long public pier, at the foot of Queensway downtown.

The marina, long sought by the city, would be built, operated and maintained by the company,with the city contributing $200,000 towards the cost of the design and construction. The rest of the money would come from Westcorp.

According to city staff, the marina would feature a 12-metre wide, wheelchair-accessible pier with a breakwater and viewing deck at the end, temporary moorage off the pier for 45 pleasure boats, including 27 berths for the public and the rest for rental boats, new moorage for seven commercial passenger vessels, removal of the existing Fintry Queen moorage and other moorage of nearby Kerry Park, a fueling and potable water station, as well as lighting, benches, and other landscaping similar to nearby Jim Stuart Park.

The creation of the new marina must also keep access clear for boats heading into and out of the Kelowna Yacht Club, which is located just north of the proposed location.

The deal between the city and Westcorp would be for 15 years, with an optional five year extension.

If council approves the plan, a public open house would be held in June, with construction anticipated to start in December. The city want to have the marina open for operation by late spring 2013.

The project will require provincial and federal approvals.


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