NORTHSIDE CIVIC CENTRE – FINALLY

Municipal Ready Mix is working on the intersection at King and Baird streets,

which will eventually be the main entrance to the Northside Civic Centre.

 Julie Collins – Cape Breton Post

 

Site work tender awarded for civic centre project

BY JULIE COLLINS
The Cape Breton Post

NORTH SYDNEY — If seeing is believing, then a local construction company is going to make believers out of the people on the Northside.
Municipal Ready-Mix Ltd. has been awarded the contract for the earthwork for the new Northside Civic Centre. The machines are expected to be on site by week’s end.
“This is big, the site work is finally starting,” said Northside Civic Centre Society chairman Leo Steele. “Normally, the site preparation is part of the overall job, but we separated it so the project could proceed right away.”
There were five bidders for the project. The successful contract is worth approximately $275,000.
Municipal Ready-Mix has six weeks to complete the site preparation, which includes mass excavations and grading the whole site, installing storm sewers, access roads and doing the elevations for the slab for the arena.
“It’s a great early Christmas present,” Steele said. “All the people who’ve been waiting to make donations and be part of the project, that time is now. We need everybody involved.”
Municipal Ready-Mix is presently doing work at what will be the main entrance to the civic centre, installing culverts, putting in curb and gutter and installing the sensors for the traffic lights at the intersection of King and Baird streets.
“Having completed the upgrade of King Street, we are familiar with the area,” said MRM project manager Robbie Youden. “The site work is a pretty straightforward job. We’ll be shaping the property so when the contract is awarded for the building, they will be able to move in and won’t have to worry about the major earthwork. It’s a boost for the area to actually get this project started.”
The civic centre will feature an NHL-sized ice surface, heated seating for 1,000, seven dressing rooms, walking track, administration, first aid room, minor hockey office, skate sharpening facilities, a canteen and seating area. The facility will also include two community meeting rooms, with the upstairs room overlooking the ice surface.
The $12-million civic centre project will be financed by the three levels of government. The federal government will provide $4 million through Enterprise Cape Breton Corp., and the provincial government will provide $4 million from the Department of Health Promotion and Protection. There is also $2.5 million in funding contributed by the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and $1.5 million raised from the community.

jcollins@cbpost.com

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