Should the Revelstoke food bank move to this building?

A City of Revelstoke staff report has put the brakes on the idea of relocating the food bank to a vacant city building next to the Revelstoke fire hall.

Would this building be a good location for the food bank and a proposed community kitchen and food hub? Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

It’s not the answer Revelstoke’s food bank is hoping to hear, but a city staff report is putting the brakes on the idea of relocating the food bank to the empty city-owned building next to the Revelstoke fire hall.

After a request from the Community Connections Revelstoke Society Food Bank, the city has investigated the possibility of leasing out the Century Vallen building (the popular name after a former tenant business), but a staff report says it would be costly to renovate and it’s needed for city storage.

The city purchased the building in 2008 and it is currently being  utilized by various city departments for storage of city equipment, a report states.

The size, layout and central location of the Century Vallen building makes it attractive for city use, the report states.

A structural assessment report was completed by Bourcett Engineering in 2010 and found the total cost to upgrade the building for rental purposes was estimated at $90,000.

The city estimates building another storage facility would cost about $160,000.

The food bank has high hopes to renovate the building and create a community food hub with a community kitchen. They have been outgrowing their current location for some time.

The city has also received a request to use the building as storage space from the Revelstoke Theatre Company.

City council will discuss the issue at their Mar. 24 regular meeting.

Previously in the Revelstoke Mountaineer: Revelstoke’s food bank seeks new location in city building

Emily Kemp is a freelance journalist and frequent contributor to the Revelstoke Mountaineer.