Just as predicted, Kelowna council gave approval to plans for its own Granville Island style market.
Members voted in favour of the 97,000 –square foot market on Monday, which will be located on the corner of Springfield and Benvoulin Road. Just as previously mentioned, the Open Air Market will be similar to the popular public market in Vancouver which has had tremendous success.
The land will feature several farm style buildings including stables, plus a walkable space for patrons to purchase agriculture type products from year-round vendors including locally grown products.
The idea for the public market is nothing new; in fact it first came to council in November 2011 but needed to meet a number of requirements by the Agricultural Land Commission. According to City Agriculture and Environment Director Shelly Gambacort, all those requirements have been met.
The big question is whether or not the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market will vote in favour to move the Mission Crossing location. It isn't yet known if the KFCM will even vote for a potential relocation to the Granville Island-style market. Recently vendors voted against moving to Clement Avenue where plans had been unveiled to convert the old packinghouse into a public market.
It will take about three years for Mission Crossing to be fully developed commercially.