PASADENA — The new recreation centre has been setback by almost a year due to a delayed co-ordination process.
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale announced the project in August 2011 on a visit to the area.
Pasadena Mayor Gary Bishop said last March that tenders for the project were supposed to have been sent out in late spring of this year. But so far there have been delays in the process.
They do not have a design for the building as of yet, and after meeting with consultants last month, the mayor said it could be March 2013 before tenders are sent out.
"We tend to blame government, but we have to co-ordinate with all levels and sometimes it doesn't work too well," said Bishop. "We try to be patient and let it run its course, we were hoping to break ground this spring or summer, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen."
Bishop said the tender for the consultant did not go until January of this year. And now that it's summer the process moves even slower.
"We have to come up with a design and we have to determine if it fits into the budget," he said. "And the more time goes by the more costly it gets, it's a frustrating process but we're moving in the right direction."
The multi-purpose facility will be approximately 1,400 square metres and could include both two-storey and one-storey space, a rock-climbing wall, a therapy pool and a community kitchen. It will also include areas for senior, youth and family activities.
The total cost of the project, as announced last summer, was to have been nearly $8 million, with approximately $6 million coming from the province. Pasadena's contribution will be $1.5 million. Bishop said the town already has about $1 million of its share and the rest can be budgeted.