Reno at Lake Street ser­vice cen­tre

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - OPINION -

Ren­o­va­tions at the city’s main pub­lic works yard be­gan this week.

The ser­vice cen­tre at 383 Lake Street is be­ing up­graded to ac­com­mo­date staff and equip­ment from the city’s parks, re­cre­ation and cul­ture ser­vices build­ing on Geneva Street.

The work is ex­pected to be com­pleted by early 2018.

The pub­lic won’t be able to ac­cess the cen­tre dur­ing ren­o­va­tions, but the city said the work won’t af­fect traf­fic on Lake or neigh­bour­ing busi­nesses.

The con­sol­i­da­tion of the build­ings is hap­pen­ing be­cause the 320 Geneva St. build­ing is on its last legs.

City coun­cil was told in 2015 that it was just a mat­ter of time be­fore the 1970s-era build­ing could ex­pect cat­a­strophic sys­tem fail­ures. It was also at 40 per cent over-ca­pac­ity. Coun­cil’s op­tions were to con­struct a re­place­ment build­ing for $17.8 mil­lion or build a new fa­cil­ity for both the Lake and Geneva Street op­er­a­tions for $32.5 mil­lion. They went with the least ex­pen­sive op­tion and staff rec­om­men­da­tion to ren­o­vate Lake Street Ser­vice Cen­tre and con­sol­i­date for ap­prox­i­mately $9.7 mil­lion.

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