Ambitious plans for new or rebuilt city-owned facilities are contained in a long-range municipal capital program.
A $67-million community theatre, a $50-million museum, a $32-million airport hotel and parkade, and a sixth fire hall, at a cost of $6 million, are all referenced in the capital plan.
Even the look of City Hall could change, with a $5.5-million “envelope renewal” project slated for 2024-25.
“The upgrade is needed to maintain building envelope integrity and to keep water and weather from causing damage, and to extend the service life of the building,” infrastructure engineering manager Joel Shaw wrote Tuesday in an email.
“This project is not a cosmetic upgrade,” Shaw wrote.
With the population of Kelowna expected to increase by 20,000 to 152,000 by 2028, the city plans to spend $1.24 billion on new and renewed infrastructure assets.
The estimated cost of the current 10-year capital plan has jumped $184 million from the one considered by council just last year.
“Construction costs have increased significantly in the past year as Kelowna is in a period of growth with labour and materials in high demand,” Shaw wrote in a report considered Monday by city council.
“In addition, new projects have been added to the plan, and the scope of existing projects has expanded to enhance services and support growth,” he said.
Projects at the airport account for 28% of the total cost of the new 10-year capital plan. An airport hotel and parkade, at $32 million, are indicated for 2024-25.
Replacement of the aging Kelowna Community Theatre, built in the early 1960s, is foreseen between 2025 and 2027 at a cost of $67 million. This project, however, is listed as a Priority 2 undertaking, meaning there are currently no funds associated with it.
Creation of a waterfront park in the South Pandosy neighbourhood on land the city already owns is budgeted at $3 million in 2026-27, and the development of Bluebird Beach Park farther south along the lakeshore isn’t anticipated until 2029-30, at an expense of $1.2 million.
Replacement of the main city museum on Queensway, a building that dates back to the 1960s, is possible in 2029-30 at a projected cost of $50 million.
City Hall, which has been undergoing substantial interior renovations the last few years, is in line for an exterior makeover in 2024-25.
Two projects on a nearer timetable are the replacement of the KLO Road bridge over Mission Creek next year at a cost of $5 million and a new pedestrian overpass linking the Central Green housing project with downtown Kelowna in 2020-21, at $5.5 million.