Moncton city officials announced that it has three major players interested in developing a new downtown sports and entertainment complex at the former Highfield Square Mall property, reports CBC News.
EllisDon, known for Toronto’s Rogers Centre, will be among those to participate in the request for proposals process, slated to begin this fall, Moncton’s City Manager Jacques Dubé said.
The other contenders include: Bird Construction, responsible for the Thunderbird Sports Centre, built for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and L’Aréna des Canadiens Inc.’s Evenko, which built the Bell Centre, home of the Montreal Canadiens, he said.
Dubé said he expects council will begin to evaluate each proposal next spring and should have all the information it needs to make a decision within the next 15 months.
Meanwhile, council must decide by this June whether to purchase the 4.5 hectares of land for the project, which is estimated to cost between $80 million and $100 million.
The Chronicle Herald reports that the Bridge Street bridge, one of two single-lane spans in Milton, will be replaced with a two-lane structure sometime over the next two years, Transportation Minister Morris Smith said in a recent interview.
Built to accommodate increased traffic, the bridge has been a fixture in the community for about 113 years.
“The tradition we’ve had in the community with the one-lane has been to follow the courtesy of doing the one-on-one,” said Linda Rafuse, curator of the Queens County Museum and president of the Milton Heritage Society.
“It’s been more than 100 years since that bridge was built and traffic is greater than it used to be,” he said. “Safety is always important to us, so two lanes are better than one.”
Smith said the project is in the planning stage, with construction set to begin sometime in 2014.
Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. is proposing to expand an existing quarry located at 890 Hirtle Rd., Middlewood, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, reports The Chronicle Herald.
The company is seeking an environmental assessment from the province.
“The purpose of the proposed undertaking is to provide additional rock aggregate, primarily used in the road construction industry in southwestern Nova Scotia,” Dexter said in documents filed with the province. “It is intended that the ongoing use of the quarry will be identical or very similar to what has taken place at the site since 1994.”
The 71-hectare property is owned by Municipal Enterprises Ltd., Dexter’s parent company. The existing quarry is on 42 hectares of land, 17 hectares of which was actively developed, Dexter said.
Through a land trade with the province executed in 2011, Dexter acquired 29 hectares of land northwest of the existing quarry, said the company.
“It is Dexter’s intent to continue quarry operations to the northwest, using existing infrastructure. It is anticipated that future operations will involve the extraction of approximately 150,000 to 200,000 tonnes (a) year for between 15 and 20 years.”
Salmon River, Nova Scotia-based Ian Sinclair Contracting has been selected as the successful bidder for construction of Colchester County’s new scale house at the Kemptown landfill facility, reports Truro Daily News.
Sinclair, who won the job with a bid of $401,031 (plus HST), was one of six bidders for the job, which also includes installation of new scales and a new public drop-off facility.
The municipality, which had set a budget of $386,700 for the project, originally tendered for the job last summer but decided to revisit its plans after the lowest bid came in at $720,809.
At the time, the project consisted of two scales, a new one plus relocation of the existing scales, as well as two approaches and the public drop-off facility. Given the difference between the lowest bid and the set budget, the municipality re-tendered the project in early March with a reduced scope that included only one scale, one approach and the public drop-off facility. As well, the approach to the scales was redesigned from asphalt to concrete.
Daily Business Buzz reports that the value of building permits issued in Nova Scotia fell dramatically in February, says Statistics Canada.
There were $84.7 million in permits issued in February, a 33.7% decline from the same period last year, and a 22.2% drop from January’s total.
More than half of the value of provincial permits were issued in Halifax. At $46.8 million, that is a 42.2% drop from the corresponding period last year, and a 32.4% decline from January.
However, residential permits in the province totaled $68.4 million, a 7.7% increase year over year, but a 23.6% decline from January. Non-residential permits totaled $16.4 million, a steep 74.6% drop from February 2012.
Nearly $6 billion in permits were issued nationally, a 1.7% increase from January, but an 8.5% drop year over year.
A report by one of Canada’s leading heritage consultants says a beleaguered yacht club building in Cape Breton can and should be saved from the wrecking ball, reports The Chronicle Herald.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corp. bought the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club headquarters earlier this year for $280,000 and initially said it would be demolished. An earlier engineering report indicated the building, erected in 1900, needed more than $2.5 million in repairs.
But a new report by architect and heritage consultant Christopher Borgal, published on March 30 and released publicly Friday, says the building can be preserved with an immediate outlay of between $210,000 and $345,000.
The report, written for the Sydney Architectural Conservation Society and the Heritage Canada Foundation, says the earlier $2.5-million estimate was based on new building construction rates that would return the structure to a brand-new state. But, since most of the building is already usable and sound, a lesser investment could preserve it in the short term, with other projects scheduled in the future.
Newfoundland & Labrador in early April awarded a tender valued at more than $137,000 to Island Roofing Co. Ltd. to replace a section of the roof at Gros Morne Academy in Rocky Harbour, reports Daily Business Buzz.
“With this tender awarded, more than $330,000 has been approved for improvements to Gros Morne Academy in recent years, including interior upgrades and exterior site work,” said Clyde Jackman, Minister of Education. “It is important to invest in the upkeep of existing infrastructure to ensure our schools remain safe and comfortable environments in which to teach and learn.”
The Newfoundland & Labrador government has completed construction on a new highway depot in Renews-Cappahayden, reports The Telegram.
The new depot building, which cost just under $1 million to build, replaces a 50-year-old structure located along the Southern Shore highway.
Here is Newfoundland government news release:
The commitment to rebuild and replace aging infrastructure took another step forward today with the official opening of a new $982,000 highway depot in Renews-Cappahayden. Ongoing investments to improve the province’s transportation system continue to benefit residents in towns and communities throughout the province.
Budget 2013: A Sound Plan, A Secure Future provides $150 million for various road and highway projects, including $4.9 million for the construction of new highway depots and salt storage facilities. The department plans to construct two depot and two salt storage facilities this year.
“The construction of this new highway depot clearly demonstrates our commitment to provide a safe workplace for our highway transportation employees who we all depend on to deliver important public services like snow clearing and maintenance of our roads,” said the Honourable Paul Davis, Minister of Transportation and Works. “Through Budget 2013, this government continues to make major investments in core transportation infrastructure, and in the services provided on our highways and provincial roads.”
The Department of Transportation and Works has 65 highway depots located throughout Newfoundland and Labrador with 33 facilities operating on a year-round basis.
“I am delighted to be part of the official opening of the new depot in the Town of Renews-Cappahayden,” said the Honourable Keith Hutchings, Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development and MHA for Ferryland “This significant investment confirms our government’s commitment to transportation infrastructure and ensures the continued delivery of a high level of service to residents of the Southern Avalon.”
Budget 2013 is focused on the province’s long-term prosperity with an infrastructure investment of over $866 million to encourage economic growth, job creation and stronger communities through improvements to roads, marine services, health, education, municipal works, buildings, and aquaculture.
Photo: Honourable Paul Davis, Minister of Transportation and Works and Honourable Keith Hutchings, Minister of IBRD and MHA for Ferryland cut the ribbon to officially open the new highway depot in Renews-Cappahayden. Also participating are Christina (Chris) White, Heavy Equipment Technician Apprentice, TW and Mike Chidley, Renews-Cappahayden Town Councillor.