Con­struc­tion boom in Car­bon­ear

Ma­jor health and ed­u­ca­tion projects shift­ing into high gear

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Two ar­eas of Car­bon­ear are al­ready bee­hives of ac­tiv­ity this sum­mer as two ma­jor con­struc­tion projects con­tinue.

But the Highroad South-Earle’s Lane area of the south­side, and the west end of Val­ley Road are ex­pected to get even busier later this sum­mer as work on a new long-term care fa­cil­ity and school swings into high gear, pump­ing mil­lions of in­vest­ment dol­lars into the area.

The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has in­vited ten­ders for con­struc­tion of the main build­ing, which will house a new school to re­place Davis El­e­men­tary.

And the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works is look­ing for bids on a con­tract to in­stall a new main en­trance at the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

Con­trac­tors have un­til July 14 to bid on the hos­pi­tal pro­ject, while July 22 is the clos­ing date for school build­ing work.

The hos­pi­tal pro­ject will see ren­o­va­tions to the 32-year-old brick build­ing in or­der to ac­com­mo­date a new pa­tient and visi­tor en­trance.

Ex­pect­ing the con­tract for the hos­pi­tal pro­ject to be awarded within weeks af­ter ten­ders close, Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Jerome Kennedy told The Com­pass last week the work it­self will be car­ried out this

sum­mer and fall.

New park­ing lot

Triple A. Ex­ca­vat­ing Ltd. was awarded a $ 2.3 mil­lion con­tract in May to con­struct a new park­ing lot near the Car­bon­ear Hos­pi­tal. The lot will pro­vide park­ing spaces for the hos­pi­tal and new long-term care fa­cil­ity.

Point­ing out the hos­pi­tal cur­rently has ap­prox­i­mately 480 park­ing spaces, Kennedy said when com­bined with the new long-term care fa­cil­ity, over 575 park­ing spaces will be needed when the new fa­cil­ity comes on stream.

The Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA said ten­ders for the paving of the hos­pi­tal park­ing lot are also ex­pected to be called this month.

“Our goal is to have the park­ing lot and hos­pi­tal main en­trance com­pleted by Oc­to­ber,” Kennedy said.

The big one

An­tic­i­pat­ing ten­ders to be called in Au­gust for con­struc­tion of the main build­ing, Kennedy said, “that’s the big one.” He was re­fer­ring to the 250-bed long-term care fa­cil­ity, which is go­ing up just west of the hos­pi­tal build­ing.

In an in­ter­view ear­lier this year, Kennedy said he ex­pects to see steel go up in the spring or fall of 2012, “ but prefer­ably spring.”

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