Vernon council approves new child-care facility beside rec centre

Child facility gets go-ahead

A 124-seat child-care facility will be built beside the Vernon Recreation Complex after city council approved a development variance permit on Monday.

The project will be completely funded by the province and will be owned by the City of Vernon and operated by the Boys and Girls Club.

The single-storey building on 35th Avenue will create 124 licensed child-care spaces for ages two-and-a-half up to school-age children.

The design includes an outdoor play area with natural landscaping and a walking path along BX Creek.

Coun. Scott Anderson brought up the issue of including sound barriers into the project after a neighbour raised that as a concern.

City administration said there are currently no sound barriers included in then project.

The area is zoned as a recreational site and, regardless of the child-care facility, there will be some sort of recreational activity generating noise and traffic in the area, council was told.

The facility is expected to open by September 2022, with site preparation to begin this fall.

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