Concept picture of what proposed cultural centre could look like was shown at this week’s Vernon candidates forum, with Tannis Nelson of RDNO outlining details (Pete McIntyre/Beach Radio photo)
The proposed Greater Vernon cultural centre is getting more support from the business sector.
The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is urging people to vote yes in Saturday’s referendum.
President Diana Wilson says a new facility will not only celebrate our history and creativity as a community, but it will be an investment in future generations and the economy.
“The site for the cultural centre is zoned for mixed-use residential, so along with the public amenities, we could see more people living downtown and perhaps there are opportunities for high-tech industry to also be involved, further bolstering the economy,” says Wilson.
The Chamber did a survey on the issue and found 81 per cent of its members who responded were in favour of the cultural centre.
“We often think of roads, water and sidewalks when it comes to infrastructure, but cultural and recreational amenities are also critical infrastructure that shapes the kind of community we live in,” adds Wilson.
Residents of Vernon, Coldstream, and RDNO Areas B and C will decide the fate of the plan to borrow up to 25 million dollars for the facility, with another 15 million dollars to come from grants and fundraising.
The site for the facility is at 3103 30th Street, a current parking lot in downtown Vernon.
About a third of that city-owned site would be used for the new building, with possible residential/commercial uses for the rest.