Municipality looks at repairs for aging Bayplex.
Mayor Cecil Clarke had a firsthand look at the repairs needed at the community’s Bayplex on Friday.
“The first priority is dealing with the immediate problems that are at the facility, the second priority is to come up with a long-term plan that we can phase in different projects and development to keep the facility,” said the mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
“If we find out that it is not feasible or economical (to make the repairs), we might have to look at what a replacement strategy might be.”
The municipality is expecting a report in the next two week which will detail the condition of the building.
The long-term use of the facility and making sure it remains a safe place and in the best condition it can be, must be considered, said Clarke.
“Twenty years in, it’s showing it’s age. We see in this one hallway eight buckets are out right now,” said Clarke as he pointed to buckets placed along the walking track to deal with leaks.
“There is a need to deal with the roof. We have to look at the mechanical, electrical, the overall facility. The floors are now damaged in key places. In some areas they’re pristine, in other areas they are destroyed.”
Clarke said information about the cost of repairs will be detailed in the report. Once the report is received he hopes municipal officials will discuss the options with representatives of the Bayplex as well as the provincial and federal governments.
“I believe when they can see the deterioration, I hope it will accelerate our ability to fund the short-term repairs.”
The municipality has three large multi-use facilities — the Emera Centre Northside in North Sydney, which is new, Centre 200 in Sydney, where some repairs were recently completed on the nearly 30-year-old building, and the Bayplex. Although more work is needed at Centre 200, Clarke said the most pressing need is at the Bayplex.
Deputy mayor and District 9 councillor George McDonald said the Bayplex roof must be repaired and in time replaced.
“To replace the roof is very expensive, we’re hoping it’s between $100,000-$200,000 to repair it, which is also very expensive,” he said.
“They are trying to get it fixed at least before next winter. Eventually being 20 years old, it’ll have to get replaced.”
Bayplex manager Clarence Routledge said an estimate on roof repairs came in last winter at $285,000, however the estimate was done during bad weather.
He said the leaks during the winter were serious.
“It was bad, we even had lights sparking.
“We don’t have too much left, the Bayplex and the Savoy Theatre are probably the two main buildings left in Glace Bay, both used by a lot of people.”
He said the Bayplex cost $7 million to build 20 years ago, today it would cost about $12 million.
“If we find out that it is not feasible or economical (to make the repairs), we might have to look at what a replacement strategy might be.” Mayor Cecil Clarke
SHARON MONTGOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRETON POST Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Cecil Clarke comments on rust stains on the walls and buckets in the hallways at the Bayplex in Glace Bay, while touring the facility Friday with manager Clarence Routledge, centre, and Allan Cooke, chair of the board of directors, right. A report is currently being prepared on the repairs needed at the facility.