Greater Vernon politicians are proposing to build a second ice sheet on the north end of Kal Tire Place.

Greater Vernon politicians are proposing to build a second ice sheet on the north end of Kal Tire Place.

Kal Tire Place selected for new arena

Residents to go to referendum in November to borrow up to $13 million

The site of a proposed new ice sheet is known, but now the money is needed.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee decided Wednesday that a replacement to the Civic Arena ice sheet should be built at the north end of Kal Tire Place. In a November referendum, residents will be asked to borrow up to $13 million for the 400-seat facility.

“We’re not a Cadillac. This is a good quality Honda or Toyota,” said Jay Gilman, Architect with MQN.

It’s believed twinning Kal Tire Place will generate operational efficiencies and create a destination for sports-related events and other activities.

Upgrading 80-year-old Civic Arena was investigated, but consultants suggest it could cost $10.8 million to renovate and operate the facility for more than 10 years, and that figure could jump to $13.9 million if a NHL-sized ice sheet is installed.

Jim Garlick, Coldstream director, supports going to referendum on the Kal Tire north project.

“I understand that $13 million is a lot but it (issue) has been in the political arena a long time. To go to the public is important,” he said.

Look for more in Friday’s Morning Star.