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Downtown Kelowna businesses push for street closure earlier than scheduled

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Downtown Kelowna businesses push for street closure earlier than scheduled

Some downtown businesses are pushing for Kelowna’s Metropolis Council to retain in mind shutting down Bernard Avenue earlier than anticipated.

“It’s about getting the downtown core initiate, a minimal of for pedestrian-handiest traffic, as at the moment as that you would possibly want to per chance mediate of. That’s so we are going to mitigate about a of the inability of seating in our eating locations,” stated Dan Bronswyk, downtown Kelowna’s Bread Co.’s co-owner. 

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The planned shutdown for July 1, 2021, is being discussed amongst Bernard Avenue industry owners, as some want the closure to initiate up sooner to fight indoor eating restrictions.

Bronswyk stated he’s all for shutting down Bernard Avenue earlier than scheduled, citing final 365 days’s success as a foremost using force.

“Last 365 days we did in fact upright numbers when the street became closed to pedestrians handiest — it could perchance perchance per chance be in fact upright for us,” stated Bronswyk.

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Varied Bernard industry owners echoed these statements.

“I’ll be for it, earlier is fitter attributable to of the pandemic and the unique suggestions,” stated Shay Selvaraj.

“Last 365 days became very upright, and since now we possess restricted blueprint initiate air (upright now) — we handiest possess two tables, the extra blueprint will motivate us.”

“I’m entirely for it, final 365 days became superior,” stated Clay Castles, Don’t Watch Down Tattoo’s owner. 

“I mediate they could per chance per chance honest restful enact it every 365 days, I mediate it’s in fact cold for the community to mingle and as a device to bring together spherical downtown without that traffic.”

Kelowna Metropolis Councilor Mohini Singh stated she’s no longer opposed to the closure going on sooner than anticipated, alternatively, she says the difficulty desires to be discussed with everybody keen.

“This day we could per chance per chance honest restful be nimble and we could per chance per chance honest restful be ready to pass swiftly. Nevertheless these choices can’t be made on the soar,” Singh told Global News on Saturday.

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“We must sit down down and possess a dialogue with the total stakeholders.”

Singh stated she’s heard from some businesses who oppose the street shutdown all together.

“Plenty of oldsters imagine, the pedestrians will handiest goal the areas the set they want to pass and could per chance per chance honest restful bypass their retail outlets and some feel they are going to be forgotten in all this.”

Metropolis council has no longer discussed gripping the planned Bernard shutdown date but. 

Singh stated she expects the difficulty to be introduced up at the subsequent metropolis council assembly.


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Downtown Kelowna businesses push for street closure earlier than scheduled