Fa­cil­ity could open in 2014 or 2015

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What we’re see­ing in Car­bon­ear is peo­ple mov­ing into town from other sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties to be closer to acute and chronic care fa­cil­i­ties.

Af­ter the ini­tial fund­ing for the project was an­nounced in the bud­get, and the site was se­lected, Kennedy said the next step was site prepa­ra­tion.

Ten­ders for site prepa­ra­tion were called last fall. But be­cause of some is­sue with the orig­i­nal ten­der, Kennedy said site prepa­ra­tion had to be re-ten­dered and will be com­pleted this year.

“ We’re now at the site prepa­ra­tion stage, which will take us up to Au­gust. By then we ex­pect to call ten­ders for (ac­tual con­struc­tion) of the fa­cil­ity,” Kennedy said.

He said a con­sor­tium of com­pa­nies is plan­ning the fa­cil­ity, led by Cros­bie En­gi­neer­ing Group. Ar­chi­tect John Hearn has been hired to work with the en­gi­neer­ing firm. And a num­ber of me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing firms are also in­volved in the project.

“I ex­pect to see steel start to go up in the spring or fall of 2012 — but prefer­ably spring, if ev­ery­thing goes as planned, be­cause that gives you a longer (con­struc­tion) sea­son.”

Kennedy ex­plained once the fund­ing for plan­ning and site prepa­ra­tion was an­nounced in the 2009 bud­get, fund­ing needed for the re­main­der of the project is pro­jected out over four years, based on the prov­ince’s fis­cal frame­work. He didn’t have the ex­act fig­ures that would be spent each year on the project, ex­cept to say, “ that’s all built into the fis­cal frame­work.”

In Cor­ner Brook, Kennedy noted it took four years from the an­nounce­ment of the project to com­ple­tion of build­ings.

“The best es­ti­mate I could give ( for open­ing) would be a good guess, and that’s all it is at this point, would be 2014 or 2015,” he said.

The 250-room fa­cil­ity is be­ing mod­elled on a sim­i­lar fa­cil­ity in Cor­ner Brook, but Kennedy said “ lessons learned” from the Cor­ner Brook project will be in­cor­po­rated into the Car­bon­ear fa­cil­ity.

While the is­sue has yet to be fi­nal­ized, Kennedy said the Car­bon­ear fa­cil­ity will also fea­ture de­men­tia bun­ga­lows or pro­tec­tive care res­i­dences sim­i­lar to those at fa­cil­i­ties in Cor­ner Brook and Lewis­porte for peo­ple with De­men­tia and Alzheimers.

“So this will be a good fa­cil­ity and one that’s cer­tainly needed in the area.”

Edi­tor’s note: Next week Kennedy re­flects on his first term in the po­lit­i­cal arena, lessons learned, bat­tle scars, pri­or­i­ties, and why he is seek­ing a sec­ond term in of­fice.

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