McQUARRIE – Vision for KDN property requires outside-the-box thinking

Almost ready for paving.

DURING LAST MONTH’S by-election, there was considerable interest and discussion surrounding the old Kamloops Daily News Building, previously known as, The Bay.

The site was a contentious issue, with conversations focussed on the waste of money. Others were concerned about the lack of planning while still others lamented the missing component…a solid vision for the future of that half square block.

Of course it didn’t help matters that throughout the election, the KDN building was being torn down, brick by slow brick.  It was a painful reminder of, “there is no plan B” and was happening at the worst possible time.

But rather than dwell in the past and rehash the obvious, maybe it’s time to start talking about the future of that site.


Bill McQuarrie is a Kamloops entrepreneur. He can be contacted at He tweets @bafflegabbed.

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1 Comment on McQUARRIE – Vision for KDN property requires outside-the-box thinking

  1. But do you know what also is
    The City themselves is doing the paving or at least the preparation leading to the actual asphalt laying. I am curious about this cost. Also arguably unnecessary and expensive is the use of reinforcing underlying geo-grid type material. Why on a temporary site?

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