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If all goes according to plan a design build contractor for Kelowna's new RCMP detachment will be in place by the end of the year.

That from Design and Construction Manager, Kevin Van Vliet, who says a request for qualifications has already gone out.

"We are in the process of short listing up to three design-build contractors. That process will begin now that council has approved the loan authorization bylaw," Van Vliet told council Monday afternoon.

"We expect to publicly announce three design build proponents by the end of April."

Van Vliet's comments came after council accepted what is known as a 'Certificate of Sufficiency,' which followed a six week Alternative Approval Process.

Over the course of those six weeks, only 198 people came out against a plan allowing the City to borrow $42.3M to construct the new detachment building.

That process, which concluded last Friday, means the City can now proceed with borrowing the money to construct the detachment on a large parcel of land at the corner of Clement Avenue and Richter Street.

Taxpayers will begin feeling the impact of borrowing those funds in 2015. The three year tax increase will be as follows:

  • 2015 - 0.72% - Additional $12.27
  • 2016 - 0.94% - Additional $16.36
  • 2017 - 0.68% - Additional $12.27

Repayment would be over 30 years.

Van Vliet says the process of rezoning the property is also ready to proceed.

"We expect to issue letters in the next few days to adjacent residents and those affected with the rezoning," says Van Vliet.

"We will also be reporting back to council for an amendment to the budget so we can actually start to spend some of the money on the next phases."

The new detachment building, slated for opening in 2017, will replace the current 51-year-old Doyle Avenue building.

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