Rich­mond Hill li­brary build stalled in­def­i­nitely

The build­ing con­tract was can­celled at 90 per cent com­ple­tion; no end date in sight

Richmond Hill Post - - News - By Jes­sica Wei

Res­i­dents of Oak Ridges who were ea­ger for the open­ing of their lon­gawaited Oak Ridges Li­brary were dis­ap­pointed when the Town of Rich­mond Hill an­nounced that its con­tract with Bond­field Con­struc­tion for the com­ple­tion of the li­brary was ter­mi­nated. The build­ing was at 90 per cent com­ple­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Ash O’Mal­ley, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the town, Rich­mond Hill awarded the con­tract to Bond­field Con­struc­tion Com­pany in July 2016. At the time, the project was sup­posed to be sub­stan­tially com­pleted by Novem­ber 2017. Due to rain de­lays and con­trac­tual is­sues, the sub­stan­tially com­pleted date was changed to March of 2018. The con­tract was ter­mi­nated Oct. 3.

“De­spite the best ef­forts of town staff to work with [Bond­field] to com­plete the last 10 per cent of con­struc­tion, they have made lit­tle progress,” said O’Mal­ley. Re­cently, Bond­field made head­lines when it was dis­cov­ered that other con­tracts were un­der­go­ing sim­i­lar de­lays, with three other ter­mi­nated con­tracts.

“Some peo­ple are al­ready two years de­layed,” said lo­cal coun­cil­lor Greg Beros. “Big projects, down­town hos­pi­tals, all kinds of stuff. These guys were do­ing Union Sta­tion in down­town Toronto. They’re not a lit­tle com­pany.” How­ever, Beros is con­fi­dent that the town has done ev­ery­thing it could to mit­i­gate fur­ther de­lays.

“There’s a ton of ef­fort that goes through to screen out any kinds of prob­lems you would nor­mally have,” he said. “I’ve got no is­sue with what we did in try­ing to get the best com­pany to do the work at the best price.”

He also added that, due to the neg­a­tive press sur­round­ing Bond­field due to its other high-pro­file project de­lays, that many of his res­i­dents have been un­der­stand­ing.

“If we were the only project, peo­ple might start won­der­ing, ‘ What’s go­ing on with them and the town, and why does ev­ery­one else get along with them and we can’t?’ ” said Beros. “But that’s not the case.”

O’Mal­ley said that the town has been work­ing with Zurich In­sur­ance to de­ter­mine the next steps of the project and that a new com­ple­tion date has not been an­nounced.

“The com­mu­nity is anx­ious for the new li­brary to open, and we apol­o­gize for the de­lay,” said O’Mal­ley.

I’ve got no is­sue with what we did in try­ing to get the best com­pany.”

The new Oak Ridges Li­brary un­der con­struc­tion

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.