Get­ting set for demo

as­bestos to be re­moved from old la ronde build­ing be­fore en­tire struc­ture is taken down

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - NEWS - ALAN S. HALE

The board of the Cen­tre Cul­turel la ronde has picked a con­trac­tor who will be­gin the process of de­mol­ish­ing their build­ing on Moun­tjoy street north later this month.

The franco phone cul­tural cen­tre’ s board held a meet­ing on Tues­day evening to de­cide on which of the four com­pa­nies who bid on the de­mo­li­tion project to go with. in the end, the set­tled on Pan­els and Pipes Me­chan­i­cal ser­vices.

Board mem­ber ludger Cloutier said the process of de­mol­ish­ing the old cen­tre will be­gin within the next two weeks, start­ing with the re­moval of as­bestos from the build­ing.

“de­mo­li­tion will fol­low right af­ter that,” ex­plained Cloutier. “The as­bestos re­moval will take at least a week. so they fig­ure that in about two-and-a-half weeks or three, they will be able to tear it down.”

The tear­ing down of the beloved cul­tural cen­tre has been in the works for more than a year since it was it was de­ter­mined to be too dam­aged to ren­o­vate, fol­low­ing a fire in no­vem­ber 2015.

Po­lice ruled the fire an ar­son, although no one was ar­rested for the in­ci­dent.

la ronde’s board has had to put sev­eral ducks in a row be­fore be­ing able to move ahead with the de­mo­li­tion. due to the cen­tre’s lim­ited funds, the or­ga­ni­za­tion asked the City of Tim­mins to waive the ex­pected $135,000 to $200,000 in tip­ping fees for the 150 truck­loads of rub­ble the dem- oli­tion will pro­duce – to which the city agreed.

Once the cur­rent build­ing is gone, Cloutier said they will be­gin work on try­ing to de­sign and fundraise for a re­place­ment build­ing.

The plan is to con­struct a build­ing at that same lo­ca­tion. it would be smaller com­pared to the cen­tre struc­ture, pro­vid­ing more space for on-site park­ing.

it will be at least a year be­fore la ronde reaches that stage in the process.

Cloutier said the de­signs for a new build­ing likely won’t be ready for pub­lic view­ing un­til the spring of 2018.

LORA CHARBONNEAU/FOR THE DAILY PRESS

De­mo­li­tion work on the La Ronde Cul­tural Cen­tre in Tim­mins is set to be­gin within the next few weeks, start­ing with a week-long process of re­mov­ing as­bestos in­su­la­tion from in­side the build­ing.

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