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Bernard Avenue Revitalization

Bernard: The 'heart' of the revitalization

With the turn of a key on an excavator, Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray officially launched the Bernard Avenue Revitalization Project.

"Today, Bernard Avenue starts its transformation from a road to a destination. The investment by Bernard Avenue property owners and the city will see Kelowna's main street become the centre piece of downtown - the heart of the city," says Gray.

"So, we are starting to perform a heart transplant here on Bernard."

The $14M revitalization is scheduled to be complete in the spring of 2014, although a substantial amount of the project is slated to be done by the end of 2013.

"The public inconvenience won't be as noticeable through the winter and spring of 2014. All of the 'heavy lifting' will have been done already," says Gray

"Then they'll be more into the cosmetic 'glitz' of the project."

Part of the 'glitz' is an archway to be constructed at Bernard and Richter to welcome visitors to downtown.

The archway was announced by Gray Wednesday morning.

"I have not seen the pictures of what the arch will look like so I will have to use my imagination for now. By doing it that way, then at the end, I will be very impressed."

While construction goes on, both Mayor Gray and Downtown Kelowna President, Dallas Gray made sure to drive home the point that Bernard Avenue is open for business.

"You could use the cliche' short term pain for long term gain, but I think the community will rally - the community will salute downtown business owners and property owners for the courage to, essentially, make it more difficult to get to their business," says Mayor Gray.

"I can assure you the city has gone to great lengths to make the inconvenience as limited as possible."

In an effort to ensure the project is complete on time, construction crews will be working 18 hours a day (6 a.m. to midnight) six days a week.

The mayor adds it's a project whose time has come.

"For me personally having grown up in Kelowna when the city was only 4,700 people and eight square miles, Bernard Avenue was Kelowna. This is an opportunity to re-define what is Kelowna."



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Bernard Avenue is still open for business during the construction. Businesses with websites will open in another window.
A.F.R. Sushi
Airwaves Music
Alexander Cutlery & Gifts
ALLEYCAT fashion outlet
American Apparel
Amni Athletica
Amy's Gifts
Anka's European Tailoring
Annegret's Fine European Chocolates
ARC Programs Ltd.
Arcade Audio Lounge
ARO
Articulate Creative Arts Connection
Astral Media
Asuka Japanese Restaurant
Aviva Studios
Bai Tong Thai Restaurant
Banka & Company Inc. (CGA)
BC Vital Statistics Agency
Bean Scene Coffee Works
Behind the Fly
Bernard Dental
Beside Myself
Bia Boro Boutique
Blackfish Apparel
Blenz
Bliss Bridal
Blonde
BMO
BMO - Harris Private Banking
Bohemian Cafe & Catering Company
Burnett's Florist
Business Development Bank Of Canada (BDC)
Cadence Footwear
Cafe Soleil
Calowna Costume
Canadian Gold & Silver
Canadian Jewelery Exchange
Canadorado Operating Company Ltd.
Cantalta Group
Carlos O'Bryans Pubs
Carlson Wagonlit Travel Travel Agent
Carson Photography
Casa Sasso Italian Food Bar
Change for Good Counselling
Christian Science Society
CIBC
Codispoti Jewellery
Collective Apparel
Columbus Network Corp.
Cruzwear Unlimited
Diamond Gallery
Doc Willoughby's
Donahue & Associates
Downtown Eyewear
Downtown Kelowna Association
Downtown Marina
Downtown Safeway
Downtown Tan
Dynamic Studios Tattoo & Apparel
Earls On Top
Fernando's Pub
Festivals Kelowna
Footwear Emporium
Freelance Accounting Ltd.
Funktional Gifts
Gifts for Him
Grateful Fed, The
heART school kelowna
Heather Zais - Psychic/Astrologer/Medium
Heaven On Earth Spa
Hemp City
Home For Dinner
HSBC
Industrial Alliance Pacific Insurance & Financial
Inner Haven Decorating
Inspire Health Integrative Cancer Care
Interior Savings Credit Union
International Gateway Kelowna
International Gems
IQ Computers
ivivva athletica
James Haworth & Son Ltd.
Job Options BC - YMCA YWCA of Okanagan
Kelly O'Bryans Restaurant
Kelowna Gold Buyers - Northwest Diamonds Inc
Kelowna Website Design
Kmotion Apparel
Kochhar & Co. Chartered Accountant Inc.
La Belle Boutique
Lakehouse Home Store
Lavish Design
Le reve Boutique
Liquor Control & Licensing Branch
lululemon athletica
MacDermott's on Bernard
MacD's Lakeside
Mad Mango Cafe
Main Street Studio
Mary Claris Hair Extensions
Mavazi Apparel Apparel & Accessories
Meiklejohn Architects Inc.
Memphis Blues BBQ House
Mimi's Italian Grill
Ministry of Justice - Family Justice Services
Minnella Drycleaners
MKS Resources & Lexington Enterprises
Modern Accents
Molly's Garden Cafe
Momo Sushi
Moo-Lix Ice Cream
Mosaic Books
Moxy Apparel
National Bank Financial Wealth Management
Natural Rezources
Okanagan Diamond Gallery
Okanagan Lipo Laser & Spa
Okanagan Rug and Art
Okanagan Spirits
One Path Logistics
Paramount Theatre
Perpetual Blooms
Picture Perfect
Pita Pit
Raw Athletics
Royal Anne Hotel
rt Strategy Inc.
Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP Litigation Lawyers
Sai-Gon Restaurant
Salted Brick
Samosas
Sawasadee Thai Yoga Massage
Scotiabank
Service BC
Shapers Hair Salon & Spa
Shoppers Drug Mart
Sliderz Community House
Smokanagan Gift Shop
Smoke's Poutinerie Kelowna
Soban Korean Bistro
Societe De Developpment Economique (SDE)
SOUL eyewear
Sourvenirs Kelowna
SS Korean Restaurant
Starbucks Coffee Company
Style Boutique
SubCity Donair
Surf Culture Clothing
Sweet Cravings
Ten Fashions Bridal Boutique & Special Occasions
Tessmer Law Offices
The Lister Real Estate Co.
The Pear Workshop
The Bread Company
The Collective
The Downtown Shoe Store
The Grateful Fed
The Hot Box Yoga
The House of The Caribbean Food Supply
The Lodging Company
The Rotten Grape Wine & Espresso Bar
Ticketmaster Outlet
Tigerlily Fashion
Tobaccoland of Kelowna
Topline Selections
Towne Centre Mall
Towne Centre Postal Services & Card Shop
Tripke Bakery & Bistro
Twisted Tomato
Uniquity Creations and Consignments
Valley First Credit Union
WealthLINK Financial Services
Western Union Business Solutions
Wild Mountain
Woodcreek Cottage
X10sion 207 Clothing Company

Business List: Downtown Kelowna Association
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