Pepsi Studio extending to provide a permanent home for Saltos

Diane Crocker
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The City of Corner Brook has found a solution to provide the Saltos Gymnastics Club with a permanent home that will involve the construction of an extension on the Pepsi Studio.

In a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, the city said the planned extension will enable the city to provide about 8,500 square feet of dedicated floor space to the gymnastics club. The club will also have access to change rooms, washrooms, an office and a lunchroom.

In an interview later, Mayor Charles Pender said the plan is to add a 25 foot by 100 foot extension to the building.

The end wall of the building closest to the Corner Brook Curling Club will be removed, the new 25 foot extension installed and the end wall put back in place.

Saltos will take up the space created by the extension and an additional 60 foot by 100 foot section of the existing building going in the direction of the kitchen. The club will have a private entrance at the new end of the building.

A fully insulated wall will be constructed across the studio at the end of the Saltos space. This wall will keep out the noise from the club, so as not to impact on other events in the studio.

The wall will have doors in it to allow Saltos access to the remainder of the studio should it need it for competitions and other special events.

The mezzanine area overlooking the Saltos area will be fitted with a plexiglass wall for viewing. The wall will also aid in noise reduction and replace the railing in the area that has become an issue for the club.

The remaining space in the studio available to other users will be as large as it is now.

He said the space is big enough for the artificial turf available at the studio and that scheduling issues with the remaining groups, like soccer and volleyball can be worked out.

Pender said the city has also ensured that there’s enough space to accommodate conventions and the Western Regional Hospital Foundation Gala and Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland graduation, two regular events at the centre.

Pender said the whole goal of the project is to see the space in the facility fully utilized.

The project will go out to tender at the end of this month and Pender expects there will be a two- to three-week bidding period and once it comes in council will discuss it right away.

“If it’s within budget, then off we go.”

Pender figures work will start on the outside of the building first and said the city will work with users to ensure there is minimal disruptions to them during the construction.

Saltos will remain in its current location in the studio until the project is completed. The goal is to have it finished by year end.

“It’s not a complicated build, it’s not a complicated extension,” said Pender.

Pender wouldn’t disclose how much money has been budgeted for the project.

He said Saltos won’t contribute to the cost of the construction and will be an “anchor tenant” in the facility paying to lease the space.

Pender did say the money for the project is in addition to $100,000 for cosmetic upgrades to the main Pepsi Centre that was announced last week along with the city’s plan to reassume control of the centre as of Sept. 1.

Meanwhile, Saltos president Denise May was happy that the city has found a solution to its needs.

The club’s move into the studio last January was to be a temporary one as it worked with the city to address its needs after plans for a new building at its former location on Wellington Street fell through.

In a prepared release, she said as a permanent tenant the club will continue to grow programs in a clean, safe and modern training space.

Organizations: Saltos Gymnastics Club, Corner Brook Curling Club, Western Regional Hospital Foundation Gala and Grenfell Campus Memorial University of Newfoundland Pepsi Centre

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Wellington Street

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  • AB
    August 23, 2014 - 12:36

    Congratulations City of Corner Brook. I am glad to see our city taking on such a project for the youth of our city. Many will benefit from this facility. It will be used year round by many children and teens I am glad to see our mayor and council thinking about the well being of our children. Thank you

  • Jack from Gillams
    August 22, 2014 - 17:43

    Its strange that Pepsi Centre just got two major tenants including the Saltos Gymnastics Club and Corner Brook Royals, which generates a considerable amount of new revenue for the Pepsi Centre, but Corner Brook City Hall are still being a little greedy as they are planning to raise ice rental rates two percent on top of the ten percent increase endured last year. Due to these new tenants and new revenue to go with it, Pepsi Centre should lower rates, not raise it. This move will force some clubs relying on Pepsi Centre, including the Humber Speed Skating Club, to terminate their program. Furthermore, the Pepsi Centre rate increases will make it impossible for local Special Olympics clubs to start their Figure Skating and Speed Skating programs on eve of the 2015 Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games, which serves as a qualifier for the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games to be held in Corner Brook. As a result, don't be surprised if Newfoundland and Labrador doesn't have a Speed Skater competing in their own backyard at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games.

  • Jean
    August 22, 2014 - 09:46

    Why build why not renovate the old city hall that's been left sitting vacant for this past couple of years.. Gut and restore.. Reuse ! Just saying

  • Saltos Parent
    August 22, 2014 - 08:10

    Saltos is a NOT FOR PROFIT organization (despite common misperception)....they are able to help financially with the renovations so the City won't be covering all the costs. AND there are 450+ young children involved in this sport YEAR ROUND. Be happy for our children and their having a facility to be active and have fun!

  • Jack
    August 21, 2014 - 19:28

    How come Saltos gets space at Pepsi Centre but the Y doesn't. More people use that Y than is in Saltos membership... Y does more for the community.. Why is Corner Brook the only community that City Hall does not support the Y and provide space????

    • Jack from Gillams
      August 22, 2014 - 17:33

      Don't forget that Saltos Gymnastics Club has a large membership plus they have considerable clout within the community. As for Humber Community YMCA, they expanded their Corner Brook operations plus stated their Stephenville location at the former West Coast Training Centre.

  • My opinion
    August 21, 2014 - 09:00

    Here we go again. Spend spend spend...

    • rusty
      August 22, 2014 - 09:55

      Who is head of the Salto's club and where do her husband work, enough said. City Of Corner Brook.