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Kelson Group shared more details of $140M project

Kelson Group shared more details of $140M project

We are excited as Kelson Group shared more details of the $140M project – City Gardens in Downtown Kamloops. The proposed $140M development is said to have a 22-storey and 18-storey tower, three 4 to 5-storey apartment buildings and six townhomes. 

“The name City Gardens has always been the foundation of our design because it captures our vision of a vibrant urban environment enhanced with green spaces and beautiful landscaping,” said Ron Fawcett, Founder & Executive Director of Kelson Group and the driving force behind the project. “This design concept brings the best of both worlds into one living space and will be a jewel in the downtown core.” 

The land area exceeds 150,000 square feet (about 3.5 acres), and the current design concept has 445,000 sq. ft of residential space or over 435 units. Expectations are that up to 60% of the housing will be market condos and the balance rental suites. Interest from the community will determine the final allocation. 

Plans for the development also include: 

  • · Up to 600 underground parking stalls over three levels below surface 
  • · Social gathering spaces like outdoor kitchens, lounge seating, and workout stations 
  • · A linear park with bench seating and walking paths 
  • · Lush plantings with a terrace garden, water features, and a Zen garden 
  • · An amphitheatre, dog run area, and a natural play park area 

Architects and landscape designers have created an overall concept of the development and were able to add in many elements to ensure accessibility while also providing important green spaces for the residents of City Gardens to enjoy. 

“We are very pleased with where we are today with the design,” said Jason. “We are looking forward to hearing back from the public, and depending on the interest, we would then move forward and apply for the development permit.” 

Take the Survey, what would you like to see: https://kelsondowntownproject.ca/

Downtown Parkades Membrane Replacement Project – Update

Downtown Parkades Membrane Replacement Project – Update

The City of Kamloops is replacing the traffic deck membrane in both downtown parkades (Lansdowne Street and Seymour Street) between July–August 2020. This Membrane Replacement project is necessary to protect the concrete structures from moisture and extend the life of the downtown Parkades.

Due to the membrane Replacement project, the Seymour Street Parkade scheduled to reopen at 7:00 am on Monday, August 10. The Lansdowne Street Parkade will be closed for approximately one month starting Wednesday, August 12. Construction scheduled to occur Monday–Friday, 7:00 am–7:00 pm. Weather permitting, this project is expected to be complete by the end of August 2020.

During the Lansdowne Parkade closure, the Seymour Parkade will be open. Off-street parking is also available in the following City-owned surface parking lots: 300 St. Paul Street, 400 Lorne Street, 500 Lorne Street, Heritage House parking lot, Sandman Centre north parking lot, and Riverside Park west-end lot.

As the City is not currently collecting parking fees in the parkades and City-owned surface lots, parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking fees will be reinstated effective September 7, 2020, for all City-owned surface lots and parkades.

For questions about downtown parking, contact bylaws@kamloops.ca or 250-828-3409.

Source: City of Kamloops

#Downtowntogo – We have everything you need!

#Downtowntogo – We have everything you need!

We have everything you may need, right here in Downtown. You can support local by utilizing services from small business owners while staying safe and staying home #Downtowntogo. Their front door might be closed, but these businesses are still available for their customers either through online stores or takeout & delivery services. Some of the following even offer curbside pickup.

Now a sampling of the businesses that are #Downtowntogo:

Mainstreet Clothing Can’t go out? Don’t worry, they’ve got you covered. You can now buy your favorite spring outfits online through their new store https://mainstreetclothing.ca/. You can even get a free front door drop off in Kamloops for orders over $50. As a #thankshealthheroes, Mainstreet is offering 30% off on your next purchase today, tomorrow, next month or whenever that may be.

Jardines Domaine As always, Jardines has been giving back to our community and now it’s our turn to support this awesome local business. Their new spring line is now live on their online store, and they have a massive online sale going on. In appreciation, they have a special deal for all healthcare workers. All you have to do is DM them and they will send you a code to receive a discount in addition to their online sale.

Freshslice Pizza For all you pizza lovers out there, they have a delicious offer for delivery or pick up. You can pay online and receive contactless delivery to your home. On offer is unlimited Medium pizza with 2 toppings at $6.99* If you pick up your order you can save up to 20%. To see more of their deals visit: https://freshslice.com/pizza-near-me/freshslice-pizza-kamloops/

Krob Krua Thai Restaurant Is now open 7 days a week, so you won’t go without their delicious green curry nor their indulgent stir-fries. Plus they are offering all RIH Healthcare staff a 20% discount on pick-up.

Kipp Mallery Pharmacy Has a phone in-clinic option in which they connect you to a physician remotely who can then fax your prescription to the pharmacy. The pharmacy also offers free, fast home delivery of your prescription. Book an appointment at https://medimap.ca/iMedicine-Landmark

Here is a list of all open businesses: https://www.downtownkamloops.com/downtown-kamloops-business-open-updates-ykastrong/

What you can do to #Supportlocal through the COVID-19 pandemic

  1. Order online
  2. Buy gift certificates to use later
  3. Become an advocate through social media
  4. Order takeout once a week from your favourite establishments

Follow us on Instagram as we share stories of #downtowntogo in the following weeks. If you do not see your favourite place listed, email us at events@downtownkamloops.com or admin@downtownkamloops.com.

For more information: https://www.downtownkamloops.com/covid-19/ 

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Good News Stories #YKAStrong

Good News Stories #YKAStrong

Let’s be honest, we are all feeling anxious and unsure by the COVID-19 pandemic in our community and around the world. These ‘Good News Stories’ in Kamloops will uplift your spirit. We will continue to update any good news that we hear through the weeks ahead and encourage you to share these with your family and friends. Remember #YKAStrong!

Thank you to our #healthcareheroes

We are so grateful for the doctors and nurses on the frontlines who have been working tirelessly to make sure we get over this. To salute them Kamloops at 7 PM PST daily have applauding from their homes. Emergency vehicles drive by Royal Inland Hospital to honour these brave souls. Stores like Mainstreet and Jardines are offering special discounts for healthcare staff. Pizza Pi has partnered with Meal Train & Kamloops Food Policy Council to support all RIH healthcare workers. You can donate $20 through E-Transfer which will provide RIH staff with a free large Pizza delivered at home. Pizza Pi has also been providing meals to persons in need through community donations. Good news indeed!

Downtown To Go

Many of our stores downtown have started virtual classes to help the community get through this crisis stronger, together. A local artist and studio Downtown Yvonne Reddick is one such business that has started virtual art classes. You can get virtual fitness classes, wellness workshops and so much more. Read more about health and wellness classes.

Caremongering – Kamloops

This is a movement to spread kindness and help others in the community. Caremongering Kamloops is a 100% volunteer-driven organization with no formal structure. They are providing a neighbour to neighbour service (N2N) to connect people who want to help during this crisis with those who need it. You can sign up on their website www.kamloopscares.ca or join their Facebook page 

#YKAStrong

More than a hashtag and a powerful statement, #YKAstrong is a combined strategy from 8 Kamloops business community leaders. Take a pledge to support our local businesses and community by being a Kamloops ambassador. #YKAstrong will provide streamlined communication and an engagement strategy to address the ongoing effects on businesses in Kamloops. You can also get a #YKAStrong decal to show your support during these unprecedented times.

Farm2Chefs

The Farm2Chef has started a Support Local Challenge to help restaurants connect with local producers. Their goal is to help small businesses remain open through this pandemic. You can do your part by supporting local and entering their challenge. Their first draw is on 6th April.

Parking on Downtown Streets

Yay, it’s FREE…If you are in downtown to Pickup food or any essential items you can avail of free street parking. This parking is meant only for short time customers grabbing takeout or other such necessities. We encourage downtown businesses to ask employees and other long time parkers to find available alternate parking that’s FREE in parkades and all city lots. Please consider the other stressed restaurant businesses that remain open to offer delivery and takeout.

Cafe Motivo

Caffe Motivo ran a Gift Certificate promo for healthcare workers. For every GC purchased they gave a free coffee. The proceeds were donated to Kamloops Fire Rescue.

Jardines Domaine

Jardines Domaine has curated a collection of products for their ‘Comfort Box – We are in this Together Est. 2020’. These boxes are available for men and ladies. Their goal is to raise $1000 for the Kamloops Food Bank. Of every box sold $5 will be donated. This box can be purchased for frontline workers as well as yourself.

Mainstreet Clothing Co

Mainstreet has launched its Spring package giveaway worth $1000 including GC’s from Peter’s Pasta, DIY Body, Flo Designs, K Spin and more. They recognize our community is in dire need of help and will donate $2 for every person who shares this post. $1 will go towards the Kamloops Food Bank and $1 to the BC Wildlife Park. Draw closes May 3!

If you can any good news stories to tell email us at events@downtownkamloops.com or admin@downtownkamloops.com.

To can read more at https://www.downtownkamloops.com/covid-19/

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Community Futures Thompson Country

Community Futures Thompson Country

On March 25th, Community Futures Thompson Country launched two new services to assist businesses in Kamloops, Clearwater, Barriere, Sun Peaks and Chase for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses can now access the COVID-19 Loan program and COVID-19 Business Support Program by contacting CFTC.

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COVID-19 Loan program

A new COVID-19 loan program will provide businesses up to $20,000 based on their assessed needs and impact requirements. These loans feature a streamlined application and approval processes, no administration fees, low-interest rates, and interest-only options for the first three months. Information about the loan requirements and application can be found on the CFTC website, www.communityfutures.net or you can contact CFTC by phone at 250-828-8772.

COVID-19 Business Support Program

The business community is facing an incredible amount of stress and confusion trying to access provincial and federal relief funding. To combat this, Community Futures will be providing one-on-one virtual and telephone support through the new COVID-19 Business Support Program. This program will help businesses complete the required application for government relief funding. To access these services call Community Futures Thomspon Country office at 250-828-8772 or email reception@communityfutures.net

Community Futures Thompson Country office is closed to the public as per the direction of the CDC, however you can still reach all CFTC services and staff through phone or email. Contact hours are 8 AM – 4 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

Contact Downtown Kamloops by phone at 250-372-3242 or email admin@downtownkamloops.com

For information on resources and updates for COVID-19, visit https://www.downtownkamloops.com/covid-19/

To learn about all downtown business Closures + Takeout Options, vist https://www.downtownkamloops.com/downtown-kamloops-business-closures-updates-ykastrong/

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Resources for Small Business Owners

Resources for Small Business Owners

Most businesses are under an immense amount of stress during this pandemic. It is important as a business owner to stay informed via the latest official updates and ensure the utilization of resources the government has introduced. The following are some resources to assist in preparing for small business owners through this challenging time.

Support for Small Businesses

  • introduced the Canada Emergency Business Account, which provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits through their financial institutions. Up to 25% of the loan will be forgiven if repaid by December 31, 2022. More details to follow.
  • offered employers the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) applied at a rate of 75% on the first $58,700 earned by employees, representing a benefit of $847 per week. The program will be in place for a 12-week period, retroactive to March 15 and ending June 6, 2020. Eligible businesses of all sizes and from all sectors of the economy, regardless of the number of workers they employ, that suffer a drop of at least 30% in gross revenues due to COVID-19 in March, April or May, when compared to the same month in 2019, would be able to access the subsidy. This will help businesses to keep paying their employees and to bring laid-off workers back on the payroll.
  • created a new loan guarantee through Export Development Canada (EDC), which provides operating credit and cash-flow term loans of up to $6.25 million. More details to follow.
  • introduced a new co-lending program through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), which will team up with financial institutions to co-lend term loans to support cash-flow requirements.
  • deferred all payments of GST/HST and import duties for all businesses, including individuals who are self-employed, until June 30. This amounts to $30 billion in interest-free loans to Canadian businesses. More details to follow.
  • reduced the administrative burden on businesses by extending the filing deadlines for returns for charities, trusts, partnerships and NR4 information.
  • enhanced the Work-Sharing program to support employers and their workers who are experiencing a downturn in business.
  • worked with the financial sector to ensure an additional $300 billion in lending capacity.
  • created the new Business Credit Availability Program to make more than $10 billion available to Canadian businesses in financing and credit insurance solutions through EDC and BDC.
  • ensured the Canada Revenue Agency will defer tax payment obligation until August 31, 2020, to help businesses with cash flow.
  • made an additional $5 billion available to farmers, producers, agribusinesses and food processors through Farm Credit Canada, as well as giving farmers more flexibility in repaying outstanding Advance Payments Program loans.
  • If you are a tourism operator, a small business or an organization affected by COVID-19 and need pressing assistance, the regional development agencies (RDAs) could assist you with access to federal funding and services.

Contingency plans

It is also vital for Canadian businesses to have contingency plans in place to manage potential financial risks. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has developed a comprehensive preparedness guide for businesses in the face of COVID-19.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is also providing information to help businesses through these difficult times.

For most small business their employees are also impacted due to this pandemic. Here are tools to help employees of small business owners.

Support for your Employees

  • Sickness Employment Insurance Benefits are being offered without the 1-week waiting period and medical certificate. Regular Employment Insurance benefits may also be available to employees laid off due to a temporary or ongoing shortage of work. 
  • For those that are not eligible for Employment Insurance, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit(CERB) will provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers and entrepreneurs who are not receiving a paycheque as a result of COVID-19.
  • To support working families’ children there have been changes boosting Canada Child Benefits Payments.
  • The deadline for filing taxes has been extended until June 1, 2020.
  • Canceled the penalties for Canadians who can’t file tax returns or make tax payments on time.
Businesses that can supply products and services

Public Services and Procurement Canada (formerly PWGSC) is asking companies who can supply products and services to send their information here

For detailed information:

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/resources-for-canadian-businesses.html

For more resources: 

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/article/resources-for-small-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19/

For all COVID-related programs and services for businesses

For more information on COVID -19: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

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Community & Innovation #YKAStrong

Community & Innovation #YKAStrong

In this unprecedented time, small businesses and communities show resiliency through community & innovation #YKAStrong. Leadership through this crisis will exponentially determine recovery, and in what strength businesses return. Here are some ideas adopted by local businesses here in Downtown Kamloops:

Develop an online presence

Though social distancing is key and most storefronts are closed, there is still room for small businesses that were not online. They can utilize this time to build an online brand reaching existing as well as new customers. Stores like Mainstreet have now started an online store

Share your resources

This is an essential time to reach the community that has supported you throughout the years. As a restaurant, you can give back by sharing your perishable resources to your employees and their families. The Noble Pig Brewhouse and Forno on 5th lead by example; like many food outlets, they had to close operations immediately. To help relieve economic stress, they support their employees (family) as well as families in need, by preparing ready to pick up meals.

Free knowledge sharing webinars 

We have to stick together during these difficult times. Though it may be harder to reach and support your business colleagues due to social distancing, you can do this virtually. Kelsey Grimm, from Healing Space, took this opportunity to start a free virtual connection webinar. Each Tuesday and Thursday she provides information on how to deal with stress, worry, and anxiety which is being caused by financial difficulties and inability to access counseling services. Please reach out to your neighbors through virtual means of communication to plan and stay connected. Ask us how and we can help you set it up! 

If you have any more ideas or stories of Community & Innovation #YKAStrong, please email events@downtownkamloops.com and admin@downtownkamloops.com

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Support Small Businesses

Support Small Businesses

Downtown is Open!

(Continuously Updated)

In these trying times when fear and panic grips our communities, we should remember that small businesses are inevitably going to be weighed down by the impact of COVID-19. These are the friendly smiles that greet you every morning with your cup of fresh coffee and your favourite lunch place. These are amazing stores that know your personal style and preferences. They are doing their best to persevere through these difficult times. These individuals are risk-takers that do everything to keep downtown vibrant through all seasons. Downtown Kamloops wants you to know that downtown is open. Social distancing is key and we should do our best to follow these important practices. However, we should try to support the businesses that do so much for the community through various initiatives like sponsoring events, non-profits, and giving back to the Kamloops community. We love and celebrate the local businesses that make Kamloops special. They choose to invest time, money, and their heart into our community and they help to make up a sustainable economy. We are thankful for these businesses! Downtown Kamloops encourages you to think of our local business and to shop local with them when you can during these challenging times. Kamloops let’s help our business community flourish through these times by buying products locally. For all our small businesses, check out @smallbusinessbc for tips on how to stay safe while staying open. Click Here If you have any tips or ideas to help support these businesses, please comment below. Thank you for all your support Kamloops! Additionally, if you’re looking for more information about downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, if you want to learn more about what’s going on with the coronavirus, you can find more information here.

Downtown Kamloops VOTE YES – Kamloops Centre for the Arts

Downtown Kamloops VOTE YES – Kamloops Centre for the Arts

Upcoming Elections Kamloops Centre for Arts

In anticipation of the upcoming elections on April 4th for the Kamloops Centre for Arts, Carl DeSantis, Executive Director of Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, said, “I am encouraging each of you to join downtown businesses and services on April 4th and vote yes.”

KCBIA is eager for this unique space in the core of the city to be approved. KCA uses are seemingly endless for both the city and Downtown Kamloops. This centre can be used not just for theatre production but also for concerts that pass the city due to inadequate facilities and resources, graduations, sporting banquets and business meetings. This centre for the community will be in downtown Kamloops at 4th Avenue and Seymour. It will be an economic driver for the city of Kamloops, contributing to the revitalization of Downtown to a vibrant arts and cultural scene. As per Carl DeSantis, “the KCA will allow us to maintain a smaller city feel while benefiting from bigger city resources and events.”

Maren Luciani, Director KCBIAMaren Luciani, Director KCBIA, said, “As a Board Member for the KCBIA and a small business owner in the Downtown, I am more than thrilled to see our city diversify to include a strengthened focus on arts and culture. The KCA will enhance the downtown experience by supporting existing businesses and encouraging new businesses to locate here. It will provide much-needed vibrancy in the evenings and an incentive for more young professionals to move here. We are going to see a lot of positive changes and new developments in DowntownDowntown over the next 5-10 years, given a shortage of land in suburban areas and a heightened desire for more culture and entertainment. I am excited to be a part of this significant shift to a more sustainable community!”

Many businesses in Downtown have publicly announced their support. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2uTwXb3

To show your support, purchase a Memberships at www.kamloopscentre.ca. As well as WCT and KSO performances as well as at the Kamloops Art Gallery. 

The KCBIA strongly urges everyone to get out and vote on April 4th.

 

 

Authorized by the KCBIA, registered sponsor under LECFA, contact information 250 – 372 – 3242