Breaking: District agrees to buy property to make way for fire hall – but we have to vote on it first

The District of Peachland has just announced they’ve signed a purchase agreement for the house that’s behind the Baptist Church, which will become part of an already-planned location for Peachland’s new fire hall.

Happened to be on Facebook and saw this on Mayor Cindy Fortin’s page. I’ll copy and paste here:

Today I can announce that the District of Peachland has signed the purchase agreement for the property at 4223 San Clemente Ave, next to the District owned property at San Clemente and 13th Street, proposed for a new fire hall.  

The purchase agreement is subject to an approved public assent vote.  The financing for the purchase of the property for the future replacement of the fire hall will come from borrowing through a referendum in October.  The purchase of the land will be added to the overall cost of the fire hall project.

As many of you aware a new fire hall for our community has been a part of discussions with Council over the last several years.  The proposed location is at the District owned property at San Clemente and 13th Street.  This would be such a necessary improvement, because of the unsafe and restrictive size of the current fire hall, as well as, easier exit onto Highway 99 — as opposed to the current site squished in between 3rd Street and Waldo Way, and having to travel along Beach Avenue to most responses, especially during the busy summer season.  (You can see in the photos how tight the building is. Not to mention for our fire fighters in full gear.)

There were some concerns about the smaller size of the current District-owned property verses the grander size of a new fire hall that would be needed if designed and built to serve the community for decades to come. 

The public will get the final approval for a new fire hall and the new property purchase, and a referendum in October.  (Details to come out over the next several months).  

A fire hall advisory committee will be reviewing all of this and making recommendations to Council.  The committee is made up of members of the community, and two members of Council – of which I am one.

I’m also including a link to the “Fire Hall Master Plan” of June 2021: https://www.peachland.ca/events/attachments/att1706-431.pdf

I look forward to filling you in on more details.

Mayor Cindy.

Written by Kristen Friesen

March 21, 2022

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