Bay­plex fac­ing work dead­line

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

A mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor says work needs to start on the Bay­plex within the next three months in or­der to meet the tar­geted reopen­ing date.

“I was told it needs to start by July in or­der for us to be ready in time to meet the soft date open­ing of Au­gust 2019 and the open­ing in Septem­ber 2019,” said Dist. 10 Coun. Dar­ren Bruckschwaiger.

“We have to be up and run­ning within the next cou­ple of months.”

Bruckschwaiger said fund­ing is go­ing from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to the prov­ince and then needs to be fi­nal­ized by the prov­ince.

“It’s just a mat­ter of com­ple­tion of the fi­nances and wait­ing for the start date.”

Bruckschwaiger said he’s not con­cerned as he has been as­sured by the three lev­els of gov­ern­ment the money is on the ta­ble.

“It’s just a mat­ter of get­ting things signed off and away we go.”

Due to its de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tion, the Bay­plex was closed in July 2017 for re­pairs.

The Cape Breton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has bud­geted Bay­plex re­pairs at $9 mil­lion over two years cost­shared equally by the three lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRETON POST

Things are quiet around the Bay­plex in Glace Bay, which closed in July 2017 for ren­o­va­tions. Work should be­gin soon for the ex­pected reopen­ing in Septem­ber 2019.

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