Red Cross depot sought

The municipality has not been able to find a location which meets the Red Cross’s needs.

The Summerland Community Arts Centre and the Summerland Potters’ Guild are moving into interim locations, but the Red Cross medical equipment depot, does not yet have a new location.

Jeremy Denegar, director of corporate services for the municipality, said the municipality has not been able to find a location which meets the Red Cross’s needs.

The Red Cross wants a location which has a flat, level entrance and is available at a low cost or no cost.

The depot needs a floor space of at least 65 square metres.

“We are still looking for a space for them” he said. “A few places have been looked at, but unfortunately nothing has worked out yet.”

He added that if a suitable site cannot be found, the medical equipment depot in Summerland may amalgamate with the depot in Penticton.

The other tenants of the former municipal hall on Main Street have been relocated.

The Summerland Community Arts Centre will occupy a portion of the former Willowbrook Lane building, almost directly across the road.

The Summerland Potters’ Guild will occupy the former banner printing location on Victoria Road North.

Both locations will be used until the municipality can provide a permanent facility for the arts.

For 16 years, the former municipal hall on Main Street has housed the gallery and the Potters’ Guild.

Earlier this year, the building and the adjacent garage were sold.

A new library building will be constructed on the site.

The library building is needed as the present library location, on Wharton Street, is roughly half the size needed to serve Summerland’s present population.

The library building has been suggested as a location for the Summerland Community Arts Council and the Summerland Potters’ Guild, once the new library is completed. However, a final decision has not yet been made.