Re­pairs needed

Mu­nic­i­pal­ity looks at re­pairs for ag­ing Bay­plex.

Cape Breton Post - - BUSINESS - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE GLACE BAY

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.

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