Mar­ket Hall un­der re­pair

Re­pairs on sched­ule for mid-March com­ple­tion; LED light­ing sys­tem added to clock tower

The Peterborough Examiner - - NEWS - JOELLE KOVACH EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER JKo­vach@postmedia.com

Re­pairs to the ex­te­rior of Mar­ket Hall that started ear­lier this month are pro­gress­ing on sched­ule and are ex­pected done by mid-March, said a city of­fi­cial.

An­drew Mitchell, the prop­erty main­te­nance co-or­di­na­tor for the city, said that there are heaters warm­ing the space be­tween the tarps and the ex­te­rior wall.

That’s be­cause work­ers are paint­ing; they’re also restor­ing de­cayed wood trim and do­ing other re­pairs such as brick and tuck point­ing.

The work is hap­pen­ing on the west, south and east faces of the build­ing.

“When it’ s done it will look re­stored and re­freshed,” Mitchell said.

Late last year city coun­cil hired Roof Tile Man­age­ment, a firm that spe­cial­izes in her­itage build­ings, to do the work at a cost of $357,000.

The city had some money set aside for the project: there was $68,000 left over from a Canada 150 grant that was meant to cover an in­te­rior light­ing project for Mar­ket Hall.

But the project came in un­der­bud­get, and city staff was given per­mis­sion to use that left­over grant money for the façade im­prove­ment as long as it’s all spent by the end of March. That’s why the work is be­ing car­ried out in win­ter.

Roof Tile Man­age­ment has done sim­i­lar work in Peter­bor­ough: they re­stored the clock tower at City Hall in 2011 for ex­am­ple.

City staff also hired the ar­chi­tec­tural firm the Ventin Group to work on the project. That’s the same firm that re­designed the main branch of the Peter­bor­ough Public Li­brary.

Busi­nesses in the ground floor of Mar­ket Hall are still open dur­ing con­struc­tion, Mitchell said.

Mean­while there’s also new LED light­ing in new colours light­ing up the clock faces in the tower.

Mitchell said the red light dis­play this week was for the hol­i­days; there will be other colours through­out the year.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT/EX­AM­INER

Ren­o­va­tions con­tinue at the stores in Mar­ket Hall. LED light­ing has been added to the clock tower, match­ing the red traf­fic lights on Wed­nes­day night at Ge­orge and Char­lotte streets in down­town Peter­bor­ough.

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