CITY HALL – Old newspaper property could be a parking lot by this fall

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The Kamloops Daily News building and attached land on the corner of 4th and Seymour could be a big parking lot by this fall.

A report going to City council on Tuesday says timing of the construction of the parking lot will depend on how long it takes to get the old building demolished, but it’s expected the parking lot will be finished by September or October.

The report, included in Tuesday’s council agenda, comes in the wake of a revelation this week that no deal was reached with proponents on an alternative use for the property, which the City bought for $4.8 million a couple of months after the newspaper closed in January, 2014.

After the deadline for proposals on April 15 last year, council authorized administration to “advance” one of the nine responses, involving a multi-parcel land exchange. After a year of discussion, the proponent and the City failed to reach agreement.

Revealed in the report is the fact that council has already authorized demolition, at an in-camera meeting on April 4.

Moved by Coun. Christian, seconded by Coun. Wallace, that Council authorize administration to proceed with the demolition process of the former Kamloops Daily News building at 393 Seymour Street.

Mayor Peter Milobar and councillors Ken Christian, Dieter Dudy, Tina Lange, Arjun Singh and Pat Wallace voted to tear the building down, while councillors Donovan Cavers and Denis Walsh were opposed. Coun. Marg Spina, who is on leave due to illness, wasn’t there.

Council will be asked Tuesday to authorize a bidding process for demolition, and to let staff undertake detailed design and cost estimates.

Administration is working on a tender package for demolition, which could be advertised next month with a closing date of mid-June. The design of the parking lot would be undertaken at the same time.

Project cost? Around $1.1 million.

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