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Bingo Kelowna's expansion and liquor and slots
 proposal goes to Public Hearing tonight at 7 pm.
Bingo Kelowna's expansion and liquor and slots
proposal goes to Public Hearing tonight at 7 pm.

Bingo Kelowna Public Hearing

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Yet another contraversial public hearing is expected before City Council tonight. The proposed expansion of Kelowna's largest bingo hall is going to a public hearing at 7 pm. Bingo Kelowna and opposed residents will have their final chance to convince council before it makes its final decision. Castanet will carry the audio of the proceedings live.

Bingo Kelowna wants add another storey to an existing building and build a new wing at their Springfield Road facility. This is all so they can add slot machines and serve alcohol.

City staff, area residents and the RCMP have expressed concern about the expansion proposal. Staff recommended against it because it was outside the existing entertainment and cultural districts and too close to residential development. The RCMP expressed concerns with regard to a new liquor license.

During the debate to forward this to public hearing May 4th, one councilor expressed concern about the hours of operation if the casino received a liquor license. Concerns about traffic flow were also raised by nearby residents.

IN DETAIL:
Bingo Kelowna proposes to add a two-storey 1858 square metre addition to their existing building. The addition would extend from the front of the existing building towards Springfield Road and encompass an existing pad left vacant for future development. The addition would potentially house a coffee shop, extended bingo facilities, office space and slot gaming area.

Bingo facilities were previously restricted to bingo only operations however, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has recently opted to seek limited gaming facilities (slot machines) in conjunction with bingo operations.

Now Bingo Kelowna wants council to add “gaming facilities” as a secondary use in the C10-Service Commercial Zone. The liquor Primary designation would also allow Bingo Kelowna to serve 150-200 people.

Bingo Kelowna says the new slots aren't intended to create a casino per say but a "gaming facility". The new slot machines provided by BCLC are designed for longer term play than conventional slot machine.


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