After 'miscommunications' Valley Park Recreation Centre project ready to go

News Apr 17, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Upper Stoney Creek, east Mountain and Glanbrook residents had expected the Valley Park Recreation Centre renovation and the library branch expansion project to start last year.

The city closed the recreation centre’s gym and drained the pool last November. Fencing has been installed around the proposed construction site, but residents and local councillors have waited for something to happen.

“How frustrating for Glanbrook residents to drive by their favourite place to go to and nothing was happening,” said Glanbrook Coun. Brenda Johnson. “Lots of fencing was up, but no cars, no trucks, no activity and this went on for quite some time.”

Johnson said when the facility was closed, it cut off those Glanbrook residents who use the facility on a regular basis because they had nowhere else to go.

“It just put everybody on an island,” she said. “It has been one big frustration file from day one.”

Councillors discovered at their April 15 council meeting that “miscommunications” and a problem with the library portion of the redevelopment delayed the now $11-million project from getting shovels in the ground. And now with restrictions on construction activity imposed by the province because of the novel coronavirus the project is delayed yet again.

“I want to take this opportunity to apologize to the residents in Ward 9,” said Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark. “There was confusion between two different divisions and there was confusion as to when the facility was actually going to be closed and when (construction) was supposed to start.”

A clearly frustrated Clark said the recreation facility could have stayed open while the city and library resolved their differences over the project, allowing residents additional time to use the pool and gym.

“Miscommunication really did create a challenge in the ward,” said Clark.

Public Works General Manager Dan McKinnon was apologetic, saying the project had “taken a bit of a twisty road.”

He said in late 2019, library officials discovered a change in the design plan was needed, which revised the capital budget. In addition, the city saw an opportunity to save some money through maintenance and life cycle costs by resurfacing the parking lot and improving portions of the recreation centre.

The original cost of the project had been tagged at $9.5 million. The cost for the recreation centre upgrades is estimated to be about $2.5 million, while the new library is slated to cost about $8.1 million. A 2016 feasibility study by the library identified the cost of a new library branch at $5.9 million.

The city and library are expected to share the $1.5 million cost of renovating the existing 11,000 square feet of space shared between them.

The library was providing about $965,000 and the city about a half a million dollars for the project. Development charges are expected to cover the rest of the cost. The Heritage Green Community Trust is providing $1.25 million for two 60-seat multi-purpose rooms.

At the April 15 council meeting, the city had recommended to increase the fee to the architect because the project had expanded. The architectural firm mcCallumSather Architects Inc. won a competitive bid for the project last July at a cost of $433,471.50 over 10 other submitted bids.

McKinnon said after the changes to the design and the project was finally tendered, the result was a project that was under budget. The contractor was on site ready to proceed when the coronavirus struck, and the province imposed its orders allowing only essential construction to proceed.

“We are in the in-between world,” said McKinnon.

The new-look Valley Park Library and recreation centre had been scheduled to open to the public in the fall of 2021.

Stoney Creek's Valley Park Recreation Centre and library project stalled because of coronavirus pandemic

Groundbreaking held last fall, but little has been done since

News Apr 17, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Upper Stoney Creek, east Mountain and Glanbrook residents had expected the Valley Park Recreation Centre renovation and the library branch expansion project to start last year.

The city closed the recreation centre’s gym and drained the pool last November. Fencing has been installed around the proposed construction site, but residents and local councillors have waited for something to happen.

“How frustrating for Glanbrook residents to drive by their favourite place to go to and nothing was happening,” said Glanbrook Coun. Brenda Johnson. “Lots of fencing was up, but no cars, no trucks, no activity and this went on for quite some time.”

Johnson said when the facility was closed, it cut off those Glanbrook residents who use the facility on a regular basis because they had nowhere else to go.

“It just put everybody on an island,” she said. “It has been one big frustration file from day one.”

Councillors discovered at their April 15 council meeting that “miscommunications” and a problem with the library portion of the redevelopment delayed the now $11-million project from getting shovels in the ground. And now with restrictions on construction activity imposed by the province because of the novel coronavirus the project is delayed yet again.

“I want to take this opportunity to apologize to the residents in Ward 9,” said Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark. “There was confusion between two different divisions and there was confusion as to when the facility was actually going to be closed and when (construction) was supposed to start.”

A clearly frustrated Clark said the recreation facility could have stayed open while the city and library resolved their differences over the project, allowing residents additional time to use the pool and gym.

“Miscommunication really did create a challenge in the ward,” said Clark.

Public Works General Manager Dan McKinnon was apologetic, saying the project had “taken a bit of a twisty road.”

He said in late 2019, library officials discovered a change in the design plan was needed, which revised the capital budget. In addition, the city saw an opportunity to save some money through maintenance and life cycle costs by resurfacing the parking lot and improving portions of the recreation centre.

The original cost of the project had been tagged at $9.5 million. The cost for the recreation centre upgrades is estimated to be about $2.5 million, while the new library is slated to cost about $8.1 million. A 2016 feasibility study by the library identified the cost of a new library branch at $5.9 million.

The city and library are expected to share the $1.5 million cost of renovating the existing 11,000 square feet of space shared between them.

The library was providing about $965,000 and the city about a half a million dollars for the project. Development charges are expected to cover the rest of the cost. The Heritage Green Community Trust is providing $1.25 million for two 60-seat multi-purpose rooms.

At the April 15 council meeting, the city had recommended to increase the fee to the architect because the project had expanded. The architectural firm mcCallumSather Architects Inc. won a competitive bid for the project last July at a cost of $433,471.50 over 10 other submitted bids.

McKinnon said after the changes to the design and the project was finally tendered, the result was a project that was under budget. The contractor was on site ready to proceed when the coronavirus struck, and the province imposed its orders allowing only essential construction to proceed.

“We are in the in-between world,” said McKinnon.

The new-look Valley Park Library and recreation centre had been scheduled to open to the public in the fall of 2021.

Stoney Creek's Valley Park Recreation Centre and library project stalled because of coronavirus pandemic

Groundbreaking held last fall, but little has been done since

News Apr 17, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Upper Stoney Creek, east Mountain and Glanbrook residents had expected the Valley Park Recreation Centre renovation and the library branch expansion project to start last year.

The city closed the recreation centre’s gym and drained the pool last November. Fencing has been installed around the proposed construction site, but residents and local councillors have waited for something to happen.

“How frustrating for Glanbrook residents to drive by their favourite place to go to and nothing was happening,” said Glanbrook Coun. Brenda Johnson. “Lots of fencing was up, but no cars, no trucks, no activity and this went on for quite some time.”

Johnson said when the facility was closed, it cut off those Glanbrook residents who use the facility on a regular basis because they had nowhere else to go.

“It just put everybody on an island,” she said. “It has been one big frustration file from day one.”

Councillors discovered at their April 15 council meeting that “miscommunications” and a problem with the library portion of the redevelopment delayed the now $11-million project from getting shovels in the ground. And now with restrictions on construction activity imposed by the province because of the novel coronavirus the project is delayed yet again.

“I want to take this opportunity to apologize to the residents in Ward 9,” said Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark. “There was confusion between two different divisions and there was confusion as to when the facility was actually going to be closed and when (construction) was supposed to start.”

A clearly frustrated Clark said the recreation facility could have stayed open while the city and library resolved their differences over the project, allowing residents additional time to use the pool and gym.

“Miscommunication really did create a challenge in the ward,” said Clark.

Public Works General Manager Dan McKinnon was apologetic, saying the project had “taken a bit of a twisty road.”

He said in late 2019, library officials discovered a change in the design plan was needed, which revised the capital budget. In addition, the city saw an opportunity to save some money through maintenance and life cycle costs by resurfacing the parking lot and improving portions of the recreation centre.

The original cost of the project had been tagged at $9.5 million. The cost for the recreation centre upgrades is estimated to be about $2.5 million, while the new library is slated to cost about $8.1 million. A 2016 feasibility study by the library identified the cost of a new library branch at $5.9 million.

The city and library are expected to share the $1.5 million cost of renovating the existing 11,000 square feet of space shared between them.

The library was providing about $965,000 and the city about a half a million dollars for the project. Development charges are expected to cover the rest of the cost. The Heritage Green Community Trust is providing $1.25 million for two 60-seat multi-purpose rooms.

At the April 15 council meeting, the city had recommended to increase the fee to the architect because the project had expanded. The architectural firm mcCallumSather Architects Inc. won a competitive bid for the project last July at a cost of $433,471.50 over 10 other submitted bids.

McKinnon said after the changes to the design and the project was finally tendered, the result was a project that was under budget. The contractor was on site ready to proceed when the coronavirus struck, and the province imposed its orders allowing only essential construction to proceed.

“We are in the in-between world,” said McKinnon.

The new-look Valley Park Library and recreation centre had been scheduled to open to the public in the fall of 2021.