New Wellington Street rec building project on hold for now
CORNER BROOK — It looks as though it’s back to the drawing board for the new recreational building planned for Wellington Street.
In July, the City of Corner Brook announced that it was extending the deadline for receiving proposals on the new multi-use building that is supposed to house gymnastics as its main tenant.
At that point, the city had yet to receive a proposal.
At Monday night’s public meeting of city council, it was announced that one proposal was received, but that it came in at more than double the amount of money available for the project.
The proposal for design and construction of the building that would replace the current Lions Rec Centre building on Wellington Street was submitted by Brook Construction.
“As there are no sources for additional funding for this project, staff is recommending the proposal be rejected with the intent to re-scope the project to match the available funding,” said Coun. Donna Francis. “This re-scoping may involve performing the project in several phases.”
The $850,000 project, to be cost-shared between the City of Corner Brook and the provincial government, was announced last September.
Council did agree to reject the proposal from Brook Construction, but the project is not dead yet.
“We are not going to lose sight of this,” said Francis. “It’s really important for us to put a new building there, so we are going to do what we can within our finances to move forward on this project regardless.”