After a summer of anxiousness, there is some movement towards completing the $1.5-million renovations at the Ancaster Senior Achieve Centre.
ASAC advisory board chair Al Gordon said the contractor is working on replacing the septic system, bulldozers have pushed some dirt around and the walls have been built in the back.
“Are we happy? We’re happy now,” said Gordon. “It has been a little bit slower than everybody would have liked. We have been anxious.”
Project manager Marnie Cluckie, who is also the city’s manager of facilities capital works, told members of the Ancaster Community Council earlier this month she had been concerned about the slow pace of work.
Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson was equally surprised at the lack of visible construction on the project. He was taken aback earlier this month when he discovered the contractor had not even removed the top soil to get at the septic tank.
But Ferguson and Cluckie were confident the project, which has a March 31, 2014 deadline will be completed well before the deadline, probably by the end of the year.
Under the terms of the federal funding agreement, the project must be completed by the end of March or the money will be pulled.
Still, steel for the renovations had yet to be delivered to the former Alberton Public School. Gordon said the material should be there either by the end of September, or early October.
“I understand once the steel is there, everything will go up very quickly,” he said.
And the interior work that needs to happen has yet to begin, said Gordon.
“We are not concerned about the March deadline,” he said.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the project occurred in the spring, yet during the summer months there were few indications that construction was being done on the long-awaited project.
The renovations will include the addition of 3,600 square feet for a new serving area, office renovations, a new lobby, gathering place for the members to socialize, an interior courtyard and a health room. The existing septic and electrical systems will both be replaced.
The federal and municipal governments are contributing $500,000, while the province is chipping in with $250,000 and the ASAC will be providing another half a million dollars.