No decision on former town hall property

Parking lot only one option considered by staff.

While a parking lot has been suggested, no decision has been made on what will become of the property where the former district hall sits when the building is demolished.

At last week’s council meeting, Sicamous resident Janna Simons asked council why they would use the Riverside Avenue property for parking, suggesting it could be used for a farmer’s market or something that would be an attraction for tourists.

Simons referred to a story in the Nov. 20 News, Proposal request out for hall demolition, in which it states “there are plans to transform the lot into public parking for 10 to 13 trucks with boat trailers.”

District administrator Heidi Frank told Simons this was a suggestion to council, but council has yet to formally discuss, let alone decide, what will become of the property.

“I believe it was one councillor who kind of tossed it out there, ‘maybe we can put in a parking lot because there’s hardly any parking when our beaches up and running ,’ but it hasn’t been discussed,” said Frank.

A plan for a parking lot, as per the Nov. 20 story, was outlined at a July 11, 2012 meeting of council by then-acting interim administrator Doug Ruttan, who suggested parking as a short-term proposal for the property

Frank noted staff are looking at different options.

The district has since extended the due date for proposal requests for the former town hall’s demolition to Dec. 10.

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